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David Huerta

Author, Spanish
David Huerta (born in 1949, in Mexico) is one the leading poets of the generation that first came to prominence during the 1970s in Mexico. He published his first book of poems, El Jardín de la luz (The Garden of Light, 1972), while still a student, in the Faculty of Philosophy and Arts at Mexico’s Autonomous National University (UNAM). It has been followed by numerous other poetry collections, and David has received numerous awards. Aside from his poetry, David has translated works from Italian and English, and is an editor of the Mexican publishing house Fondo de Cultura Económica. He writes a column for the Mexican weekly Proceso, and teaches literature at the Universidad Autónoma de México. His latest book, El correo de los Narvales, is dedicated to the work of Pablo Neruda. In 2006 David was awarded the prestigious Xavier Villaurrutia Prize for the new edition of Versión and for his lifelong contribution to Mexican literature. He has been a Fellow of the Mexican Writers’ Center (1970–1971), the Guggenheim Foundation (1978–1979), and the Fund for Culture and the Arts (FONCA), and he is an active member of the Sistema Nacional de Creadores.
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