Helena María Viramontes
Contributor History

Helena María Viramontes is the author of the novels Their Dogs Came with
Them and Under the Feet of Jesus, as well as the collection The Moths and
Other Stories. A 2007 Ford Fellow in Literature, she has also received the John
Dos Passos Prize for Literature and a Spirit Award from the California Latino
Legislative Caucus. Viramontes is Goldwin Smith Professor of English at Cornell
University in Ithaca, New York, where she is at work on a new novel.



In Print

Vol. 74
Grendel’s Kin: The Monsters Issue
Spring 2020
Edited by Bradford Morrow


October 28, 2020
Learning how

a strong stake aids
a slender, unassailable 

stalk is a matter of self-
denial and solace.
October 21, 2020
Send more Chuck Berry, went the joke—how the aliens would reply when they got their first spin of the Golden Record on the Voyager. Sweet, friendly aliens with toe-tapping rhythm (whether or not they had feet), an appreciation for sweat and guitar riffs pooling together even if they had no first-hand experience with either.
October 14, 2020
I like the black & white. I like
the mirage they create. I like
            planes. I like stray dogs
who never forget where I come from.