José Emilio Pacheco

Last updated
José Emilio Pacheco
MEX ON JOSE EMILIO PACHECO (12166149286).jpg
José Emilio Pacheco Berny in 2009
José Emilio Pacheco Berny

June 30, 1939
Mexico City, Mexico
DiedJanuary 26, 2014 (aged 74)
Mexico City, Mexico
Alma mater National Autonomous University of Mexico
Era 20th-century philosophy
Region Western philosophy

José Emilio Pacheco Berny Loudspeaker.svg audio   (June 30, 1939 – January 26, 2014) was a Mexican poet, essayist, novelist and short story writer. He is regarded as one of the major Mexican poets of the second half of the 20th century. The Berlin International Literature Festival has praised him as "one of the most significant contemporary Latin American poets". [1] In 2009 he was awarded the Cervantes Prize for his literary oeuvre. [2]


He taught at UNAM, as well as the University of Maryland, College Park, the University of Essex, and many others in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

He died aged 74 in 2014 after suffering a cardiac arrest. [3]


Jose Emilio Pacheco with an award CCMDonation62.JPG
José Emilio Pacheco with an award

He was awarded the following prizes: Premio Cervantes 2009, Reina Sofía Award (2009), Federico García Lorca Award (2005), Octavio Paz Award (2003), Pablo Neruda Award (2004), Ramón López Velarde Award (2003), Alfonso Reyes International Prize (2004), José Fuentes Mares National Prize for Literature (2000), National José Asunción Silva Poetry Award (1996), and Xavier Villaurrutia Prize. In 2013 he was awarded the Golden Wreath of the Struga Poetry Evenings festival in Struga, Macedonia. [4] He was elected by unanimous acclaim to the Mexican Academy ( Academia Mexicana de la Lengua ) on March 28, 2006. He was a member of The National College ( El Colegio Nacional ) since 1986.



Novel and short stories

Further reading



Related Research Articles

Octavio Paz Mexican writer laureated with the 1990 Nobel Prize for Literature

Octavio Paz Lozano was a Mexican poet and diplomat. For his body of work, he was awarded the 1981 Miguel de Cervantes Prize, the 1982 Neustadt International Prize for Literature, and the 1990 Nobel Prize in Literature.

Camilo José Cela Spanish novelist

Camilo José Cela y Trulock, 1st Marquess of Iria Flavia was a Spanish novelist, poet, story writer and essayist associated with the Generation of '36 movement.

Mexican literature

Mexican literature is one of the most prolific and influential of Spanish-language literatures along with those of Spain and Argentina. It has internationally recognized authors such as Octavio Paz, Alfonso Reyes, Carlos Fuentes, Sergio Pitol, José Emilio Pacheco, Elena Poniatowska, Fernando del Paso, Juan Rulfo, Amado Nervo, Juana Inés de la Cruz, Carlos de Sigüenza y Góngora, and several others.

José Manuel Caballero Spanish novelist, lecturer and poet

José Manuel Caballero Bonald is a Spanish novelist, lecturer and poet.

Homero Aridjis is a Mexican poet, novelist, environmental activist, journalist and diplomat known for his rich imagination, poetry of lyrical beauty, and ethical independence.

José Antonio Ramos Sucre Venezuelan writer

José Antonio Ramos Sucre was a Venezuelan poet, professor, diplomat and scholar. He was a member of the Sucre family of Venezuela and the great-great-nephew of Antonio José de Sucre. He was educated at the Colegio Nacional, and then at the Universidad Central de Venezuela where he studied Law, Letters and Languages.

Juan Gelman Argentine poet

Juan Gelman was an Argentine poet. He published more than twenty books of poetry between 1956 and his death in early 2014. He was a naturalized citizen of Mexico, country where he arrived as a political exile of the Military Junta.

Fondo de Cultura Económica is a Spanish language, non-profit publishing group, partly funded by the Mexican government. It is based in Mexico but it has subsidiaries throughout the Spanish-speaking world.

The Xavier Villaurrutia Award is a prestigious literary prize given in Mexico, to a Latin American writer published in Mexico. Founded in 1955, it was named in memory of Xavier Villaurrutia.

Evaristo Ribera Chevremont Puerto Rican poet

Evaristo Ribera Chevremont is a poet from Puerto Rico. Although several of his published books deal with Puerto Rican nationality and regionalism, many of his verses excel in a universal lyrical character, as can be read in books such as El Caos de Los Sueños and El Hondero Lanzó la Piedra, among others.

Olvido García Valdés is a Spanish poet, essayist, translator, and professor. She is married to the poet Miguel Casado.

Antonio Gamoneda Spanish poet

Antonio Gamoneda Lobón is a Spanish poet, winner of the Cervantes Prize in 2006.

José Antonio Mazzotti is a Peruvian poet, scholar, and literary activist. He is Professor of Latin American Literature and King Felipe VI of Spain Professor of Spanish Culture and Civilization in the Department of Romance Studies at Tufts University, President of the International Association of Peruvianists since 1996, and Director of the Revista de Crítica Literaria Latinoamericana since 2010. He is considered an expert in Latin American colonial literature, especially in El Inca Garcilaso de la Vega and the formation of criollo cultures, a critic of Latin American contemporary poetry, and a prominent member of the Peruvian 1980s literary generation. He received the José Lezama Lima special poetry prize from Casa de las Américas, Cuba, in 2018, for his collection El zorro y la luna. Poemas reunidos, 1981-2016.

José Hierro Spanish poet

José Hierro del Real, sometimes colloquially called Pepe Hierro, was a Spanish poet. He belonged to the so-called postwar generation, within the rootless and existential poetry streams. He wrote for both Espadaña and Garcilaso magazines. In 1981, he received the Prince of Asturias Awards in Literature, in 1998 the Cervantes Prize and he received many more awards and honours.

Víctor Rodríguez Núñez Cuban writer

Víctor Rodríguez Núñez is a Cuban poet, journalist, literary critic and translator.

Luis Alberto Ambroggio Poet and writer

Luis Alberto Ambroggio is an Argentine American poet, independent scholar and writer. Full Member of the North American Academy of the Spanish Language and correspondent of the Spanish Royal Academy. His works include award-winning essays, poetry and translations. Influenced by F. Nietzsche, César Vallejo, Jorge Luis Borges, Vicente Aleixandre, his poetry has been described by Pulitzer-prize winner Oscar Hijuelos as:

wise and philosophical. It owns an inimitable cadence, uncommon good sense, and a smoldering depth—for there is fire in Ambroggio's blueness, an earthy eroticism in his lyric register.

"Obsesión" is a 1935 Spanish-language bolero song by Puerto Rican songwriter Pedro Flores. The song is one of Flores' best known has been recorded by many artists. Flores was resident in New York where his Cuarteto Flores, including Panchito Riset and Daniel Santos, made his boleros popular.

Antonio Colinas Lobato is a Spanish writer and intellectual who was born in La Bañeza, León, Spain on January 30, 1946. He has published a variety of works, but is considered to be above all a poet. He won Spain's National Prize for Literature in 1982, among several other honors and awards.

Lourdes Espinola Paraguayan poet, diplomat, cultural promoter, and literary critic

Lourdes Espinola is a Paraguayan poet, diplomat, cultural promoter, and literary critic. Daughter of the laureate Paraguayan writer and philosopher Elsa Wiezell, Espinola's academic background includes the fields of health sciences, international relations, as well as philology and literature, at universities of the United States and Europe.

Battles in the Desert, or Las batallas en el desierto, is a short story written by Mexican author José Emilio Pacheco and believed to be co-written by Domingo Ledezma. The short story was first published in the Saturday edition of the Uno Más Uno, a Mexican newspaper, on June 7, 1980, but was published as a short story by Era the following year. The short story is narrated by Carlos, as an adult, recounting his memories as a boy growing up in Mexico City in the late 1940s and 1950s. In particular, his experiences and the events that unfolded after falling in love with one of his classmate's mother comprise the central narrative of the short novel.


  1. "José Emilio Pacheco - Biography". International Literature Festival Berlin. Retrieved 2 June 2012.
  2. Woolls, Daniel (30 November 2009). "Cervantes Literary Award Goes To Mexican Pacheco". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2 June 2012.
  3. "jose-emilio-pacheco-muere".
  4. "José Emilio Pacheco". Struga Poetry Evenings. Archived from the original on 29 May 2014. Retrieved 11 December 2013.