Photo: José Antonio Rosales
Néstor Mendoza (Mariara, Venezuela, 1985) earned his undergraduate degree in Education, specializing in Language and Literature, at the University of Carabobo. He has published three verse collections: Andamios [Scaffolds] (Equinoccio, Caracas, 2012), winner of the Fourth National University Literature Prize in 2011; Pasajero [Passenger] (Dcir Ediciones, Caracas, 2015), and Ojiva [Ogive] (El Taller Blanco Ediciones, Bogotá, 2019). He was a finalist in the First National Rafael Cadenas Young Poetry Contest in 2016. His poetic work has appeared in collections both inside and outside his home country, including Destinos portátiles. Muestra de poesía venezolana reciente [Portable fates: selection of recent Venezuelan poetry] (Vallejo & Co., Lima, 2015); Tiempos grotescos [Grotesque times] (Ritmo magazine, UNAM, México, 2015); Nuevo país de las letras [New country of letters] (Banesco, Caracas, 2016); Lyrikaus Venezuela. Nochbleibtuns das Haus [Lyrics of Venezuela: the house still remains] (Hochroth Heidelberg, Alemania, 2018); Antología de poesía iberoamericana actual [Anthology of current Ibero-American poetry] (ExLibric, Málaga, 2018); and Nubes. Poesía hispanoamericana [Clouds: Spanish-American poetry](Pre-Textos, España, 2019). He is part of the editorial board of Poesía magazine and a frequent contributor to the multilingual journal Latin American Literature Today. His poems have been translated to English, French, German, and Italian. He currently lives in Bogotá and forms part of the editorial team of El Taller Blanco Ediciones.