Notre Dame poet Menes wins NEA fellowship

Author: Arts and Letters


Poet Orlando Menes, associate professor of English at the University of Notre Dame, has received a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship for 2009.

Menes is one of 42 poets selected this year from a pool of some 1,000 applicants to receive the prestigious fellowships, which are available to published creative writers of exceptional talent to give them time for writing, research or travel, and generally to advance their careers. The fellowships carry a $25,000 stipend.

A member of the faculty of Notre Dame’s Creative Writing Program and a fellow of the University’s Institute for Latino Studies, Menes has been published in numerous prominent anthologies, including The Poetry of Men’s Lives: An International Anthology and American Diaspora: Poetry of Displacement, as well as literary magazines such as Ploughshares, The Antioch Review, Chelsea, Callaloo, Prairie Schooner, North American Review, New Letters, Crab Orchard Review and Epoch, among others.

His latest poetry collection, “Furia,” was published in 2005 by Milkweed Editions. He also is the author of “Rumba atop the Stones” and editor of the anthology “Renaming Ecstasy: Latino Writings on the Sacred,” published in 2004 by Bilingual Press/Editorial Bilingue at Arizona State University.

Contact: Orlando Menes, 574-631-4110,

Originally published by Julie Hail Flory at on December 11, 2008.