Eduardo Alejandro Chirinos Arrieta was born in Lima, Peru and earned a BA and PhD from Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. He is the author of over 15 books of poetry as well as volumes of academic criticism, numerous essays, translations, and children's books. His most recent books of poetry include The Smoke of Distant Fires
(2012) and Reasons for Writing Poetry
(2011), and Written in Missoula
(2011), all translated by G.J. Racz. He is currently a professor in the department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures at the University of Montana, where he teaches Spanish and Latin American Literature.
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