Born and raised in Mexico City, Mexico, Mónica de la Torre came to the United States in 1993 on a Fulbright Scholarship to study at Columbia University in New York City.
A poet and translator, de la Torre is the author of four books of poetry, most recently Repetition Nineteen (Nightboat Books, 20202) and a translation of Defense of the Idol by Chilean modernist Omar Cáceres (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2018)
She coedited, with Michael Wiegers, the collection Reversible Monuments: Contemporary Mexican Poetry (Copper Canyon Press, 2002) and is also the coauthor of the book Appendices, Illustrations, & Notes (Smart Art Press, 2000) with artist Terence Gower. She edited and translated the volume Poems by Gerardo Deniz, and has translated numerous other Spanish-language poets.
About her work, the poet Mary Jo Bang has written: "Rather than relying on false certainties and pat recollections, de la Torre offers up a fine-tuned sense of the ridiculous, a world of tomfool capers with a hint of the macabre."
She has served as the poetry editor of The Brooklyn Rail and lives in New York City, where she works as a senior editor of BOMB Magazine.