A fine article here by Joel Whitney, co-founder and editor-at-large of Guernica (where the poetry doesn’t pretend that politics is beneath it). Paz is a seminal figure, a poet who created—through his writings on Méxican and world history, culture, and art—an intellectual context in which his own poetry and the poetry of other Latin Americans can be read. He’s one of those Modernists whose work survives Modernism through the individuality of its genius.
Joseph Hutchison, Colorado Poet Laureate 2014-2019, has published 17 books, including a translation of flash fictions by Mexican author Miguel Lupián, and co-edited two anthologies. He lives in the mountains southwest of Denver, Colorado, the city where he was born. He teaches at the University of Denver's University College, where he currently directs three programs: Professional Creative Writing, Arts & Culture Management, and Global Community Engagement.