Carmen Giménez takes the reins of Graywolf Press

The Noemi Press founder will succeed Fiona McCrae, who helped transform the publishing house into a cultural force during her nearly 30-year tenure.

Carmen Giménez will join Graywolf Press as Executive Director and Publisher starting August 8. She will succeed Fiona McCrae, who served as director and editor for 28 years.

“Carmen came forward through our extensive international search for a leader whose experience and passion for publishing would expand Graywolf’s strong reputation in new and exciting directions,” said Kathleen Boe, Board Member of administration of Graywolf and chair of the search committee. “As we got to know her, it seemed to us that Carmen had been preparing for this role all her life.”

Giménez is a queer Latinx poet and publisher, and founder and current publisher of Noemi Press, a Virginia-based nonprofit literary arts organization and publisher. She is also an English teacher at Virginia Tech.

Giménez is more than qualified to take up the mantle of McCrae, who helped the authors of Graywolf win a host of Pulitzers, National Book Awards and Booker Prizes. In 2019, Graywolf released Giménez’s latest collection, Be a Recorder, who was a finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry, the PEN Open Book Award, the Audre Lord Award for Lesbian Poetry and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

“[Graywolf Press] has been a vital force in literature and as a mission-driven organization led by transformative Fiona McCrae,” Giménez said. “I hope we can build on this legacy as we continue to evolve, take risks, engage directly with the current moment, and serve our local, national and international community of readers and writers.”

Giménez is also the author of five other collections of poetry (including cruel futures and Milk and dirt, National Book Critics Circle Award finalist). She is also the author of the lyrical memoirs Shoot down the little birds, which won an American Book Award. Additionally, she was awarded the Academy of American Poets Fellowship in 2020 and has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, Howard Foundation, and Hermitage Foundation during her career.

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