Vilma Reyes

This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Reyes and the second or maternal family name is Díaz.
not to be confused with Honduran politician and dentist Vilma Reyes Escalante.

Vilma Reyes Díaz (born 1958) is a Puerto Rican poet, storyteller and educator. She has served as a teacher of Spanish language and has chaired the International Poetry Festival in Puerto Rico (Festival Internacional de Poesía en Puerto Rico) since 2010. She has been an influence on young Puerto Ricans in literary creation by offering free workshops for children and youth poetry and has published several books as a result of that work.


Vilma Reyes Díaz was born 2 September 1958 in Río Piedras, Puerto Rico. She enjoyed literature from an early age, writing her first work, a school play, at age 10. In 1980, she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in French Language and Literature at the Universidad del Sagrado Corazón (University of the Sacred Heart) in Santurce, Puerto Rico. Her thesis, entitled "El Suícidio, el último recurso para la felicidad de Madame Bovary" (Suicide, the last resort for the happiness of Madame Bovary) was provocative and caused a mixed reaction from students and faculty, but she received praise from the President of the French Alliance of Puerto Rico and earned her degree.[1]

After graduation, she married fellow poet, Antonio Rosa Montañez, with whom she had two children, Antonio Rosa Reyes and Linda Rosa Reyes. She completed her Master of Arts from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico, and then obtained a Spanish Teaching Diploma for secondary schools. She was accepted to the Doctoral Program of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus,[1] where she studies Hispanic-American literature.[2]

In 2001, she founded a Poetry Forum called "Canto Poético" (Poetic singing) to allow poets to share their works internationally[3] and participated in the First Celebration of Literary Magazines by The House of the Peruvian Poets[4] held in Barranca, Peru in November 2004.[5] The following year, in 2005,[6] she participated in the First International Encounter of the poets "Matilde Alba Swann" and "Manuel Agustín Aguirre" held in Loja, Ecuador.[4] She received an Honorary Degree from the Universidad Nacional de Loja (National University of Loja).[7]

She is the editor of the literary magazine En Sentido Figurado and has written several textbooks which are in use in Puerto Rico and the United States. She has also served as a teacher of Spanish language and has chaired the International Poetry Festival in Puerto Rico (Festival Internacional de Poesía en Puerto Rico since 2010.[2] She is a member of the World Poetry Movement which was founded in 2011.[8] She has also participated in the Havana International Festival of Poetry and the Carlos Pellicer Iberoamerican Poetry Meeting in Tabasco, Mexico.[2]

Her poems have been published in numerous anthologies and literary journals including: Revista Prometeo (Medellín), Ventana de Luz y de Armonía at the Universidad Autónoma de Loja, Ecuador; Antología Internacional de Poesía Amorosa (Lima); Antología Mar de por medio (España); Libro Verde (México);[2] Revista Guajana (Puerto Rico); El Cuervo (Puerto Rico); Luciérnaga of the University of Puerto Rico; Revista En Sentido Figurado (Puerto Rico) and Remolinos, among others.[1]

Selected works




  1. 1 2 3 4 "4779. Vilma Reyes". Poetas Siglo Veintiuno (in Spanish). Poetas Siglo Veintiuno. 20 September 2011. Retrieved 24 May 2015.
  2. 1 2 3 4 "Vilma Reyes Díaz" (in Spanish). Retrieved 23 May 2015.
  3. "Canto Poético". eListas (in Spanish). Puerto Rico: Canto Poético. Retrieved 24 May 2015.
  4. 1 2 "Vilma Reyes". Revista Literaria Remolinos (in Spanish). Lima, Perú. Year 1 (15): 221. September–October 2006. Archived from the original on July 30, 2007. Retrieved 23 May 2015.
  5. Sánchez Fernández, María (February 2014). "José Manuel Maldonado Beltrán, biografía". Carmovasconcelos-fenix (in Spanish). Eis Fluencias Revista Literária e de informação. Retrieved 24 May 2015.
  6. González Trejos, Edilberto (5 January 2006). "I Encuentro Internacional de Poesía \"Matilde Alba Swann\" y \"Manuel Agustín Aguirre\"". Agonia (in Spanish). Loja, Ecuador: Agonia. Retrieved 24 May 2015.
  7. "Reyes Díaz, Vilma". Red Escritores España (in Spanish). Red Mundial de Escritores en Español: Remes. Retrieved 24 May 2015.
  8. "Statement of the World Poetry Movement". Festival de Poesía de Medellín (in Spanish). Medellín, Colombia: Corporación de Arte y Poesía Prometeo. 16 July 2011. Retrieved 24 May 2015.
  9. "Versos para la lluvia insomne-Vilma Reyes". Los Libros de la Iguana2 (in Spanish). San Juan, Puerto Rico: Los Libros de la Iguana. 11 July 2010. Retrieved 24 May 2015.
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