Manuel Iris in Residence

As the Trust looks to extend its offer and support of writing and poetry at The Rodd, it is delighted to be working in partnership with the Poetry Centre at the University of Roehampton, London, and its Director, eminent UK poet Fiona Sampson MBE.

In the first of several poetry collaborations the Trust will host celebrated Mexican poet Manuel Iris, currently Poet Laureate of the City of Cincinnati. Manuel is coming to the UK as a visiting research fellow of Roehampton and will spend a week at The Rodd, immersed in the landscape and culture of the Welsh borders.

He received the “Merida” National award of poetry (Mexico, 2009) for his book Notebook of dreams, and the Rodulfo Figueroa Regional award of poetry for his book The disguises of fire (Mexico, 2014). In 2016 three different anthologies of his poetic work were published: The naked light, in Venezuela; Before the mystery, in El Salvador; and, Traducir el Silencio/Translating silence, in New York. This book won two different awards at the International Latino Book Awards in Los Angeles, California, in 2018.

Manuel Iris holds a BA in Latin American Literature from the Autonomous University of the Yucatan (Mexico), an MA in Spanish from the New Mexico State University, and a PhD in Romance Languages from the University of Cincinnati, the city in which he lives.

The University of Roehampton's programme of Visiting Research Fellows helps create a rich research, learning and outreach environment as leading scholars and writers join the university community for short or longer periods. The Poetry Centre has already welcomed visiting poets from Sweden, India, Malta, France, Croatia and the UK. 

Manuel Iris in Residence

Manuel Iris in Residence

The Rodd