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Mónica de la Torre

2018 Season

Poet, translator, and scholar Mónica de la Torre was selected by architect Tatiana Bilbao to read at the opening of The House and the City: Two Collages. Mónica de la Torre’s poetry worked well in tandem with Tatiana’s installation, her verse reflecting on concepts of shared space and urbanization. Repetitive and packed with dark humor, Mónica’s poems artfully collage singular moments and stories into complex, layered histories that allude to urban culture.

Photos by Jacobo Mingorance.


Mónica de la Torre was born and raised in Mexico City. She earned a BA from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México and, with the support of a Fulbright scholarship, relocated to New York in 1993 to pursue an MFA and a PhD in Spanish literature at Columbia University. Her full-length poetry collections include Public Domain (2008) and Talk Shows (2007). She has also published the chapbooks Four (Switchback) and The Happy End (Song Cave). With artist Terence Gower, she coauthored the art book Appendices, Illustrations and Notes (1999). She frequently collaborates with artists and writers. De la Torre coedited, with Michael Wiegers, the bilingual anthology Reversible Monuments: Contemporary Mexican Poetry (2002). Her translations from Spanish include Lila Zemborain’s Mauve Sea-Orchids (2007, co-translated with Rosa Alcalá) and Poems by Gerardo Deniz (2000), which she also edited. She has edited BOMB Magazine and the Brooklyn Rail. She lives in Brooklyn.

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