In an independent press, publishers can give sustained attention to books “that might need a little more development,” she said. After years in the industry, “you see what the book can be when the writer has the ability to work to their full potential.”
Graywolf’s roster includes acclaimed authors such as Carmen Maria Machado, Maggie Nelson, Percival Everett and Diane Seuss. (Giménez’s own book “Be Recorder,” a National Book Award in Poetry finalist, was a Graywolf title.)
Giménez’s emphasis on growth and mentorship has been a hallmark of his career, according to Suzi F. Garcia, one of Noemi Press’ new co-editors. “She’s looking to create opportunities.” The first book Garcia acquired as a poetry publisher – “Meridian of the Beast”, by Vanessa Angélica Villareal — won the author a Whiting Award in 2019.
Giménez gave her the space to pursue the project, Garcia said, “but she wouldn’t defeat you, because she was going to support you all the time.”
Anthony Cody, another new Noemi co-editor, met Giménez a decade ago and considered her a mentor before joining his team in 2017. “She really helped pull back the curtain and let people see how editing works,” he said. and demystify some of what has historically been kept.
Giménez was born in New York and raised in Maryland, New Jersey, Southern California, Mexico, and San Jose, California, where she attended high school and college. As a young person, she wanted to write fiction, “but because I’m so drawn to the granular level of language, I ended up becoming a poet,” she said.