Rossy Evelin Lima, linguist, writer and translator. Her poetry books Ecos de Barro and Aguacamino have recieved the International Latino Book Award in 2014 and 2016 respectively. She received the award Orgullo Fronterizo Mexicano by the Secretaria de Relaciones Exteriores, the Gabriela Mistral award 2010 by the National Hispanic Honor Society and the Poesía Carta de Altino Prize, Italy 2015. The author has been published in numerous anthologies and literary magazines in Spain, Canada, United States, Argentina, Chile, Venezuela, italy and Mexico. Lima is founder of the Latin American Foundation for the Arts, the FeIPoL festival and the book festival Sin Fronteras Book Fest. She the founder of Jade Publishing. Rossy Lime has done featured presentations at the University of California LA, Syracuse New York, La Florida and Texas.




Rossy Lima offers us a migration and migrant metaphysics, a river of personal and collective speakers, a labyrinth of voices, a woman serpent, of skulls and coyotes, an ongoing conjure of voices and lives of limbs and multi-tracks of birth-death, of borders and borderlessness. This is a prism of outside-inside, in-between, an always shifting set of reassessments — re-castings, memory and forecast — the elixir and poison of migrant exile without exile. Notice the urgent notes in this collection — perhaps in the timbres of a border mermaid, a skinned figure, almost formless, Cortazar’s axolotl, a half-amphibian, half human, a migrant existence, always in rapid, unknowable, transparent, brutal change. A magnificent set of poems, in a most appropriate time. Lima is a lyrical warrior crossing.

Juan Felipe Herrera

Poet Laureate of the United States (2015-2017)


Lima’s poetry is a force of life, movement and transformation. In her often dreamlike vision of the world, Migrare Mutare strikes at the heart of what it means to be a migrant in another land on the other side of geographical and cultural borders. Cellini captures the melancholy hope in this collection with his expert translations, wonderfully transmitting the poet’s often otherworldly rhythms. A powerful collection, Migrare Mutare is an anthem for all of those who have ever left, found themselves, and then lost themselves again in another place, another existence.

Jack Little

Editor, The Ofi Press

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