Happy birthday to Nemir
Matos-Cintrón! The Puerto Rican author and poet is known for centering her
lesbian identity in her work.
Nemir Matos-Cintrón speaks at Bilingual Poetry Night at Ana G. Méndez University System, Metro Orlando Campus (x).
Nemir Matos-Cintrón was born on
November 19, 1949 in Santurce, Puerto Rico. She received her B.A. from the
University of Puerto Rico and then later her Master’s from Syracuse University
in New York. She has worked for a time as a television producer and a lecturer,
but Nemir is most famous for her literary work.
Her first two poetry
collections, Las mujeres no hablan así
and A través del aire y del fuego pero no
del cristal, were both published in 1981. Las mujeres no hablan así is one the first known works of Puerto
Rican poetry to deal explicity with lesbian themes.
Her first novel, El amordio
de Amanda, was published in 2007 and tells the semi-autobiographical story of a
young girl growing up in Santurce in the 1960s. Her second novel, Aliens in NYC, deals with the concept of
Puerto Rican migration. Nemir’s latest work was a 2014 short story titled “El
arte de morir” that was a homage to a friend who passed away from AIDS.