Beatriz Fernandez signs all of her emails with a quote from Argentine poet Jorge Luis Borges, who built his career while moonlighting as a translator and screenwriter.
“A writer lives. The task of being a poet is not completed at a fixed schedule. No one is a poet from 8 to 12 and from 2 to 6. Whoever is a poet is one always, and continually assaulted by poetry.”
Every morning, Fernandez is a poet at home for a few hours, before she has to leave to sit behind Florida International University’s reference desk, where she is a part-time librarian.