Famous Mexican Poets

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 1 Juana Inés de la Cruz

Juana Inés de la Cruz
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Famous As: Early feminist author and philosopher who studied everything around her and argued forcefully that all women should be allowed to do the same
Birthdate: November 12, 1648
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Nepantla de Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Mexico
Died: April 17, 1695

Mexican nun Juana Inés de la Cruz was one of the finest authors of the Latin American colonial era. Initially the lady-in-waiting of Mexico’s viceroy, she later took her vows. She built a huge library and penned masterpieces such as the poem Primero sueño and the religious drama El divino Narciso.

 2 Joan Sebastian

Joan Sebastian
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Actor, Poet, Record producer
Birthdate: April 8, 1951
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Guerrero
Died: July 13, 2015

Known as the king of Mexican rodeo, for performing in concerts on horseback, Mexican singer Joan Sebastian won the highest number of Grammy awards from his country. Over 20 of his songs made it to the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart. An actor, too, he was seen in the telenovela Tú y yo.

 3 Octavio Paz

Octavio Paz
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Famous As: Writer, Poet, Diplomat and Noble Prize Laureate
Birthdate: March 31, 1914
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico
Died: April 19, 1998
Born into a family of intellectuals, Nobel Prize-winning Mexican poet Octavio Paz had been introduced to literature through his grandfather’s library. Apart from poetry, he had also written essays on art, politics, and culture. As a Mexican diplomat, he had been to countries such as India and France.
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 4 Rosario Castellanos

Rosario Castellanos
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Famous As: Poet, Diplomat, Writer, Screenwriter, University teacher
Birthdate: May 25, 1925
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Mexico City
Died: August 7, 1974

Mexican poet and author Rosario Castellanos was one of the most prominent literary voices of Mexico and perhaps the most significant Mexican woman writer of the last century. Her literary work on cultural and gender oppression has greatly influenced Mexican feminist theory and cultural studies. Her notable works include her master’s thesis, Sobre cultura femenina and the poem Valium 10.

 5 Rudolfo Anaya

Rudolfo Anaya
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: October 30, 1937
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Pastura, New Mexico

Best known for his coming-of-age novel Bless Me, Ultima, American author Rudolfo Anaya mostly includes elements of Spanish folklore and Mexican American heritage in his works. Initially a school teacher, he later taught at the University of New Mexico. He has also penned children’s books and the travelogue A Chicano in China.

 6 Gregorio López y Fuentes

Gregorio López y Fuentes
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: November 17, 1895
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Huasteca, Veracruz, Mexico
Died: December 10, 1966

One of the greatest chroniclers of the Mexican Revolution, Gregorio López y Fuentes was initially a teacher and then a journalist who wrote using the pseudonym Tulio F. Peseenz. He soared to fame with his iconic work Campamento (Encampment), followed by Tierra (Earth) and El indio (The Indian).

 7 Cherríe Moraga

Cherríe Moraga
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Famous As: Writer, Poet
Birthdate: September 25, 1952
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Whittier

Internationally renowned poet, playwright, and essayist Cherríe Moraga is also a true-blue feminist, who is openly lesbian. A founder-member of La Red Chicana Indígena, she works to preserve indigenous rights. She co-edited the feminist anthology This Bridge Called My Back and also teaches dramatic arts and writing.

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 8 Amado Nervo

Amado Nervo
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: August 27, 1870
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Tepic, Mexico
Died: May 24, 1919

Amado Nervo was a Mexican poet, educator, and journalist. Widely regarded as one of the most prominent poets of 19th century Mexico, Nervo was renowned for using metaphor as well as his references to mysticism in his poetry. Apart from being a respected literary figure, Amado Nervo also served as Mexican Ambassador to Uruguay and Argentina.

 9 Alfonso Reyes

Alfonso Reyes
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: May 17, 1889
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Monterrey, Mexico
Died: December 27, 1959

Scholar Alfonso Reyes had been a Mexican diplomat in Spain, Argentina, and Brazil. An expert in classical Greek and Spanish literature, he penned works such as La experiencia literaria and was also a 5-time Nobel Prize nominee. He had also translated works of authors such as G.K. Chesterton and Anton Chekhov.

 10 José Emilio Pacheco

José Emilio Pacheco
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: June 30, 1939
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico
Died: January 26, 2014

One of Mexico’s finest poets from the 20th century, José Emilio Pacheco was a Cervantes Prize winner. Initially an editor for publications such as La Cultura en Mexico, he later taught literature at the University of Essex. He had also translated the works of literary icons such as Samuel Beckett and Albert Einstein.

 11 Juan Gelman

Juan Gelman
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: May 3, 1930
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Died: January 14, 2014

Argentine poet Juan Gelman was also a left-wing activist and later moved to Mexico, hounded by the military junta. He tragically also lost both his son and his daughter-in-law to the killings by the junta. His poems depicted the socio-political scenario in Argentina and even won him awards like the Cervantes Prize.

 12 Fernando del Paso

Fernando del Paso
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: April 1, 1935
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico
Died: November 14, 2018

Fernando del Paso was a Mexican poet, novelist, and essayist. He is best remembered for his 1986 novel Noticias del Imperio, which was chosen as the best Mexican novel of the last three decades by Nexos magazine in 2007. An admired and respected figure, Fernando del Paso won many prestigious awards such as the Premio Miguel de Cervantes.

 13 Ramón López Velarde

Ramón López Velarde
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: June 15, 1888
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Jerez de García Salinas, Mexico
Died: June 19, 1921

Ramón López Velarde was a Mexican poet whose work was viewed as a fitting reply to the French-influenced modernismo. A respected figure, López Velarde achieved great fame in Mexico and is often referred to as the national poet of Mexico. 

 14 Homero Aridjis

Homero Aridjis
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Famous As: Poet, Novelist
Birthdate: April 6, 1940
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Contepec, Michoacán, Mexico

 15 Manuel Gutiérrez Nájera

Manuel Gutiérrez Nájera
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: December 22, 1859
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico
Died: February 3, 1895

Manuel Gutiérrez Nájera was a Mexican political figure and writer. He is remembered for his contribution as a writer, which bridged the gap between romanticism and the contemporaneous movements of Symbolism and modernismo in North America. His essay Art and Materialism is regarded as the first modernist manifesto. Manuel Gutiérrez Nájera is also credited with co-founding the magazine Revista Azul.

 16 Jaime Torres Bodet

Jaime Torres Bodet
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: April 17, 1902
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico
Died: May 13, 1974

Jaime Torres Bodet was a Mexican writer and politician who served important positions in the executive cabinet of President Manuel Ávila Camacho, President Miguel Alemán Valdés, and President Adolfo López Mateos. In 1971, the Mexican Senate honored Jaime Torres Bodet with its highest award, the Medal of Honor Belisario Domínguez.

 17 Enrique González Martínez

Enrique González Martínez
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: April 13, 1871
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Guadalajara, Mexico
Died: February 19, 1952

Initially a physician and a professor of physiology, Enrique González Martínez later became one of the finest poets of Mexico, drawing on Modernism and French Symbolism. Best remembered for his iconic sonnet Wring the Neck of the Swan, he had also been a diplomat and had served in the Ministry of Education.

 18 Ricardo Garibay

Ricardo Garibay
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: January 18, 1923
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tulancingo, Mexico
Died: May 3, 1999

One of the finest cultural icons of Mexico, Ricardo Garibay was a dedicated journalist and a talented author and screenplay writer. Known for creating TV programs such as Autores y libros, he also penned the award-winning novel The House that Burns at Night. He was also known for his reckless lifestyle.