Roy Sigüenza

Roy Sigüenza

Roy Sigüenza is an Ecuadorian writer and poet. He was born in Portovelo, a city in El Oro Province, Ecuador, in 1958. His poetry is homoerotic in theme; he is known for transforming scenes of ordinary life into settings for erotic encounters. Although he has a penchant for brevity and simplicity of language, at times he makes use of greater stylization, while including references to other homosexual writers from both Europe and the United States. Within the Ecuadorian poetic scene, Sigüenza, speaking with a new lyric voice (that of a marginalized and persecuted homosexual), has developed a style that, very quickly, other poets have adopted as a reference point for their own work. One of the few authors in Ecuador willing to write of marginalized sexual experiences in an openly confessional manner, he has gained a certain status as a literary rebel within Ecuador.

Works

Poetry

  • Cabeza quemada (1990)
  • Tabla de mareas (1998)
  • Ocúpate de la noche (2000)
  • La hierba del cielo (2002)
  • Cuerpo ciego (2005)
  • Abrazadero y otros lugares (2006)
  • Cuatrocientos cuerpos (2012)
  • Manchas de Agua (2016)
  • Habilidad con los caballos (2020), a collection of all his works up to 2020.

Non fiction

  • ¿Y vieron bailar el charlestón a la “Chiva” Marina? (1991)
  • Portovelenses S.A. (1999).

His works have been included in the following anthologies:

  • Estafeta del viento, antología de la poesía ecuatoriana del siglo XX, Visor, Madrid (2006)
  • La astillada sombra de Sodoma published by the Ministry of Heritage and Patrimony, a compilation of homo-erotic poetry by five Ecuadorian authors (2013)
  • Tea Party 4: Muestra dinámica de poesía Latinoamericana (2016)

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