Nemir Matos-Cintrón

Nemir Matos-Cintrón (born 1949) is a Puerto Rican author who resides in Florida. She has published several books of poetry and parts of a novel. She has openly thematized her lesbianism in much of her work.[1][2]

Nemir Matos-Cintrón
Santurce, Puerto Rico
OccupationPoet, writer, media specialist
NationalityPuerto Rican
Notable worksLas mujeres no hablan asi, A través del aire y del fuego pero no del cristal' "El arte de morir y La pequeña muerte,"Aliens in NYC."


Matos-Cintrón was born on November 19, 1949, in Santurce, Puerto Rico. She received her B.A. in Humanities from the University of Puerto Rico and later her Master's of Science from the S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. During the 1980s, Matos-Cintrón taught television production courses at the Universidad del Sagrado Corazón in Puerto Rico. She also worked as television producer for the all news Channel 24. At the same time she collaborated as scriptwriter for the miniseries Color de Piel, dealing with racial tensions in Puerto Rican contemporary society.[3] Her television writing led her to the creation and scripting of Insólito, a dramatic anthology series dealing with supernatural phenomena in the Caribbean. In the 90's, she returned to academia, as Lecturer at City University of New York. Her passion for Puerto Rican and Latino Studies, and Multimedia Technology culminated with the research, production and publication of the multimedia CD-ROM Puerto Ricans in the USA: A Hundred Years.[4] In 2001, she moved to Orlando, Florida where she works as an Instructional Designer. She has completed her doctoral dissertation on mobile learning.

Literary productionEdit

In 1981, Matos-Cintrón published her first two poetry books: Las mujeres no hablan así (San Juan, Puerto Rico: Atabex, 1981) and A través del aire y del fuego pero no del cristal (San Juan, Puerto Rico: Atabex, 1981). Las mujeres no hablan así, a poetic and artistic collaboration with Yoland V. Fundora, is the first openly lesbian poetry collection in Puerto Rican literature.[5] Renewed interest in Las mujeres led to a second edition in 2010, followed by recent publications of English translations of poems from the collection in various online magazines[6] and literary journals.[7][8]

A fragment of Matos-Cintrón's first novel El amordio de Amanda, dealing with growing up in the 1960s in urban Puerto Rico, was included in the LGBT Puerto Rican literary anthology Los Otros Cuerpos (San Juan, Puerto Rico: Tiempo Nuevo, 2007).

In 2014, Matos-Cintrón and Fundora published another collaborative collection titled El arte de morir y la pequeña muerte. This collection is the product of a 1991 art installation in San Juan, Puerto Rico and represents an homage to friends who died from AIDS, including her poem "A Manuel Ramos Otero." Also included in this work is a sketch by artist Joaquín Reyes (1949-1994) and a poem by Ana Irma Rivera Lassén, an Afro-Puerto Rican attorney, human rights activist, and feminist.

Aliens in NYC (2012, Atabex), Matos-Cintrón's full-length book of poetry, deals with the subject of migration.


  • Las mujeres no hablan así. San Juan, Puerto Rico: Editorial Atabex, 1981. Second edition, 2010. ISBN 978-0-557-40784-2
  • A través del aire y del fuego pero no del cristal. San Juan, Puerto Rico: Editorial Atabex, 1981.
  • El arte de morir y la pequeña muerte. New Jersey: Editorial Atabex, 2014. ISBN 978-1495493867
  • Aliens in NYC. New Jersey: Editorial Atabex, 2014. ISBN 978-1500750756

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Rodríguez-Matos, Carlos Antonio. "Matos-Cintrón, Nemir." In Latin American Writers on Gay and Lesbian Themes, ed. David William Foster, 216-17. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1994. ISBN 978-0-313-28479-3
  2. ^ Sotomayor, Aurea María. "Nemir Matos: de lenguajes y mitos." De lengua, razón y cuerpo (nueve poetas contemporáneas puertorriqueñas): antología y ensayo crítico. San Juan: Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, 1987. 54-57. ISBN 978-0-86581-417-2
  3. ^ Author Biography on Nemir Matos-Cintrón. In David Caleb Acevedo, Moisés Agosto, and Luis Negrón, eds. Los otros cuerpos: Antología de temática gay, lésbica y queer desde Puerto Rico y su diáspora. San Juan: Editorial Tiempo Nuevo, 2007. 245. ISBN 0-9773612-8-4
  4. ^ "First CD-Rom On Puerto Rican History/Culture In The U.S.A. Is Produced by Center at Hunter." Hunter College News (April 2000), retrieved June 4, 2009.
  5. ^ La Fountain-Stokes, Lawrence. Queer Ricans: Cultures and Sexualities in the Diaspora. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2009. ISBN 978-0-8166-4091-1.
  6. ^ Brockway, Joseph. "Poems from Las Mujeres no hablan así" with Translator's Note. Queen Mob's Teahouse, 14 June 2018.
  7. ^ Brockway, Joseph. "They Stole My Body" and "Your Body is an Empty Space" in Translation. New Poetry in Translation, Issue 3.
  8. ^ Brockway, Joseph. "Two Poems: Canto a Changó/Song to Changó and Soy el principio/I Am the Beginning," Reliquiae (Vol. 9 No. 2), November 2021.


  • Colón Zayas, Eliseo R. "Insólito y los monstruos del espectador." El Mundo, Puerto Rico Ilustrado, 13 May 1990, pp. 14–16.
  • Cordero, Margarita. "La mujer migrante." El Mundo, Puerto Rico Ilustrado, 13 May 1990.
  • Echeandía, Servando. "Sobre Nemir Matos." Reintegro, April 1983, p. 12.
  • Matos-Cintrón, Nemir. "On Women's Experimental Film." 1990 Film Festival sponsored by the Puerto Rican Atheneum, published in Cineasta, no date.
  • Ramos Otero, Manuel. "La luna ultrajada." Claridad, Puerto Rico, 1981.
  • Velázquez, Rosa. "Nemir Matos Cintrón." Siempre, 13–26 November 2003, p. 18.