At an unbiased press editors can be offering sustained consideration to books “that might need a little bit more development,” she mentioned. After years within the business, “you see what the book can be when the writer has the capacity to work at their wildest, full potential.”
Graywolf’s listing contains acclaimed authors reminiscent of Carmen Maria Machado, Maggie Nelson, Percival Everett and Diane Seuss. (Giménez’s personal ebook “Be Recorder,” a finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry, was once a Graywolf identify.)
Giménez’s focal point on expansion and mentorship has been a trademark of her profession, consistent with Suzi F. Garcia, one in every of Noemi Press’s new co-publishers. “She is looking to create opportunities.” The first ebook Garcia bought as a poetry editor — “Beast Meridian,” by way of Vanessa Angélica Villareal — earned the creator a Whiting Award in 2019.
Giménez gave her the gap to pursue the challenge, Garcia mentioned, “but she would not set you up for failure, because she was going to back you up the whole time.”
Anthony Cody, every other new co-publisher of Noemi, met Giménez a decade in the past and regarded as her a mentor prior to becoming a member of her personnel in 2017. “She’s really helped pull the curtain back and allow people to see how publishing works,” he mentioned, “and demystify some of what, historically, has been gatekept.”
Giménez was once born in New York and grew up in Maryland, New Jersey, Southern California, Mexico and San Jose, Calif., the place she attended highschool and faculty. As a teen, she sought after to jot down fiction, “but because I’m so attracted to the granular level of language, I ended up being a poet,” she mentioned.