Jesús Gardea's only collection of poetry entitled Canciones para una sola cuerda / Songs for a Single String, translated by Robert L. Giron, was published posthumously in 2002. The late Jesús Gardea was born in Ciudad Delicias, Chihuahua, Mexico. He was a graduate of the Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara, where he took his degree in denistry. He lived most of his adult life with his family in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, where he taught at the Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez, across the Río Grande from sister city El Paso, Texas. Gardea wrote extensively and his work appeared in numerous Mexican and American journals as well as several international anthologies.