José Luis Rico

José Luis Rico (Ciudad Juárez, 1987) is a poet and translator from Northern Mexico currently living in Finland.

José attended the National Fine Arts Institute Poetry Workshop in his hometown, under the direction of César Silva Márquez.

Blanco (2012), his first chapbook, was published by the independent publisher La Dïéresis. Duna, his second chapbook, appeared through the Fondo Editorial Tierra Adentro, in 2013. His book Jabalíes was published by the Fondo Editorial Tierra Adentro in 2015.

He has been awarded with creative writing fellowships by the Fundación para las Letras Mexicanas from 2010-2012; the International Seminary for the Development of Young Translators, sponsored the French Institute for Latin America and the French Embassy in 2012; the Chihuahua State Arts Council “David Alfaro Siqueiros” Fellowship Program, in 2014; and the New York University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, 2016-2018; and Mexico’s National Endowment for Arts and Culture in 2018-2019.

Winner of the National Poetry Prize for Young Writers “Guillermo López Muñoz” in 2012; the Premio Chihuahua Prize for the Arts and Sciences in 2014 in the category of “Literature” with a specialty in poetry; and the National Prize for Young Poets “Francisco Cervantes Vidal” 2015. 

He has translated into Spanish authors including Bill Mohr, Edward Myers, Annie Ernaux, Michel Butor and Ludovic Halévy.

His first feature-length film as a scriptwriter, Qué tan lejoswas directed by Hiroshi Sunairi and debuted online during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jose’s most recent publication is the introduction and selection of Arúspice rascacielos (PEISA, 2021), an anthology of Peruvian poet Mariela Dreyfus’s work, published Peru.

His forthcoming works include the Spanish translation of Finnish poet Sini Silveri’s Titaanidisko for Pitzilein Books; and an anthology of Mexican folk drug-traffic-themed ballads translated into English, in collaboration with David Shook and Anthony Seidman.