Teacher Manuel Iris is Named Cincinnati's Poet Laureate and Featured on WCPO Cincy Lifestyle Program
DePaul Cristo Rey teacher Manuel Iris has been named Cincinnati’s poet laureate. Dr. Iris will serve as poet laureate for the next two years.
He explained what a poet laureate does when interview for the May 8 Cincy Lifestyle program on WCPO.
Dr. Iris joined the DePaul Cristo Rey faculty in 2013. He has published five volumes of poetry in four different countries including Translating Silence/Traducir el silencio, a 2018 bilingual anthology of poems, his first book published in the United States. He was the youngest person to ever win the Rudolfo Figueroa Poetry Award, a national honor awarded by the government of Chiapas, Mexico, in 2014. Dr. Iris has published poetry, essays and translation in magazines and literary journals in Mexico, Spain, Chile, Cuba, Colombia, Portugal, France, the United States, and Angola.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in Latin American Literature from the Autonomous University of the Yucatan, a master’s degree in Spanish Literature from New Mexico State University, and a doctorate in Romance Languages from the University of Cincinnati.
In addition to teaching, Dr. Iris is also DPCR’s Hispanic Outreach Coordinator and co-coaches the Voice at Work spoken word team.
An advisory committee makes a poet laureate recommendation to the mayor from nominees who have written poetry that exemplifies the characteristics or spirt of Cincinnati. The poet laureate is expected to promote poetry appreciation, encourage the reading and writing of poetry throughout the city, and compose and read poems for special events.