Mexican poet Jose Emilio Pacheco died on Sunday. He was 74 years old.
Pacheco was the author of numerous volumes of poetry, as well as a number of short stories and essays. His poetry collections included: Los elementos de la noche; El reposo del fuego; and La arena errante. He was the recipient of dozens of esteemed literary awards in his career including winning the Reina Sofía Award and the esteemed Cervantes Prize in 2009.
Mexico’s National Council for Culture and Arts revealed the news of Pacheco’s passing on their site. “As a writer he received all the awards in Mexico and in our language can be granted and his work was translated and published in many countries and closer through his translations of some of the most important works of the twentieth century and authors like Oscar Wilde, Tennessee Williams and TS Elliot,” said Rafael Tovar, president of Mexico’s National Council for Culture and Arts in a ceremony honoring Pacheco. (Via NPR).