Carlos Reyes, from Coahuila, winner of the City of Merida International Poetry Prize

His collection of poems was unanimously selected; he will receive 70 thousand pesos and his work will be published.

Merida, Yucatan, (December 30, 2021).- The End of the World Party will be Transmitted by Pay Per View is a collection of poems written by Carlos Reyes Ávila that was unanimously selected to receive the 2021 City of Mérida Award, in the voice of Dr. Gabriela Rosas, a member of the qualifying jury, because “It incorporates all the discourse of the media and audiovisual and digital technologies into a poetic context in a natural way, fluent with relevant current issues: violence, political, social issues, drugs, and economic exploitation.”

The doctor also reported that the author used not only words but also resources such as spaces on the pages to enrich his message, epigraphs, titles, among others; “We consider that it draws up a courageous denunciation of the uses and abuses of the media society in which we live without neglecting the poetic language of high aesthetic value and present musicality at any time”.

After those words, they linked by means of a telephone call to the winner to announce their achievement and he expressed his gratitude and pride for being the recipient of the award; He expressed that his intention was precisely to maintain the poetic essence, but with the current perspective of the world.

(Photo: Cecilia Abreu)

With this award, Carlos Reyes Ávila is now part of the list of winners along with Nadia Escalante, Luis Fernando de la Cruz, Manuel Tejada, Manuel Iris, among others.

“Thank you very much, I am very flattered, very proud, and happy to be part of the history of this award,” he said.

The prize of 70 thousand pesos is delivered by the city of Mérida as well as the edition of the work and its dissemination in 2022, for which the rights of this first publication will correspond to the Merida city council, and in subsequent editions and translations, the author will enjoy the corresponding rights.

(Photo: Cecilia Abreu)

About the winner

Carlos Reyes was born on February 17, 1976, in Torreón, Coahuila; He has a degree in Communication from the Autonomous University of Coahuila and a master’s degree in philosophy from the Veracruzana University.

He has also participated in other competitions and was a finalist for the Second Vicente Huidobro International Poetry Prize; He had an honorable mention of the Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz International Prize for Literature in 2017, received the Binational Prize for Young Novel Frontera de Palabras in 2009 and the Tijuana National Poetry Prize 2003.

In addition, he was a fellow of the Fund for Culture and the Arts of Coahuila in the 1999-2000 and 2002-2003 cycles.

He is the author of 11 books: Moon of cancer in 1999, Where the blood officiates in 2001, Inhabiting transparency in 2003, Flying apprentice in 2003, Clarity in shadow in 2004, Arthasastra in 2007, A wound on the face of time in 2007, El Círculo de Eranos in 2007, Travesti in 2009 and Six Pack in 2009.