Gabriel Magaña Merlo was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico in 1944. He has published five books of poetry in Mexico and numerous poems in various magazines. Lejos alcanzado aquí, a selection of poems from all of his books, was published by Fondo de Cultura Económica in 2012. His book La Nada en Bruto has been translated as Nothingness in the Rough by Suzanne Jill Levine and published by Diálogos in 2013. It has also been translated into French by the poet Franc Ducros and published in France as Le rien rugueux(Théétète editions). His book Intolerante superficie has been translated into Italian by the poet Nanni Cagnone and will be published in Italy as Superficie insofferente by Edizioni Galleria Mazzoli. Translations of his poems have been published in Words Without Borders and the magazine OR, as well as in Mandorla and Common Knowledge. In France, they have been published in the magazine Prevue poésie littérature esthétiqueof the Université Paul-Valéry—MontPellier III.