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Aleida Rodríguez

Author's Bio

I am a bilingual poet, essayist, and artist, with the added distinction of being the first woman (not to mention Latina and lesbian) to found/publish/edit a literary magazine and press in the history of Los Angeles (rara avis/Books of a Feather; now defunct). I have taught writing in many settings--elementary and high schools, colleges and universities, community centers, and the AIDS Unit of a women's prison. I am bequeathing my historic home and collections as: Red Hill House Artists Residence & Living Archives, on historic Red Hill in Los Angeles, for use by writers, scholars, and artists in perpetuity.

Publications and Prizes

Garden of Exile (Sarabande Books, 1999)
Poetry Los Angeles: Reading the Essential Poems of the City (The University of Michigan Press, 2014), Short: An International Anthology of Five Centuries of the Prose Poem (Persea Books, 2014), Poems, Poets, Poetry: An Introduction and Anthology (Bedford Books, 2009), Poems, Poets, Poetry: An Introduction and Anthology (Bedford/St. Martin's, 2009), Letters to the World (Red Hen Press, 2008), Latino Boom: Anthology of U.S. Latino Literature (Longman Press, 2006), Lengua Fresca: Latinos Writing on the Edge (Houghton Mifflin, 2006), The Face of Poetry (University of California Press, 2005), A Poet's Truth: Conversations with Latino/Latina Poets (University of Arizona Press, 2003), California Poetry: From the Gold Rush to the Present (Heyday Books, 2003), Renaming Ecstasy: Latino Writings on the Sacred (Bilingual Review Press, 2003), Another City: Writings from Los Angeles (City Lights, 2001), Lucky Break: How I Became a Writer (Heinemann Books, 1999), Not for the Academy (Only Women Press, 1999), Sleeping with One Eye Open: Women Writers on Surviving as Artists (University of Georgia Press, 1999), American Voices: Webs of Diversity (Merrill, 1998), Chester H. Jones Foundation Winners 1998 (Chester H. Jones Foundation, 1998), Queer Dog: Homo/Pup/Poems (Cleis Press, 1997), In Short: A Collection of Brief Creative Nonfiction (Norton, 1996), Grand Passion: Poets of Los Angeles and Beyond (Red Wind Books, 1995), An Ear to the Ground: Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry (The University of Georgia Press, 1989), Poetry Loves Poetry (Momentum Press, 1985), Fiesta in Aztlán (Capra Press, 1982)
13th Moon, Bachy, Beyond Baroque Magazine, Calyx Journal, Catamaran Literary Reader, Chicago Tribune, Chrysalis, Cold Mountain Review, Kenyon Review, L.A. Times, L.A. Weekly, Momentum Magazine, Ms., New Millennium Writings, OnTheBus, Paterson Literary Review, Philadelphia Inquirer Magazine, Phoebe, Pilgrimage Magazine, Ploughshares, Poetry Wales, Prairie Schooner, Pudding Magazine: The International Journal of Applied Poetry, Rattle, Seneca Review, Sojourner, Southern Poetry Review, Squaw Review, The Spoon River Poetry Review, The White Pelican Review, Versal 4, Zyzzyva
PEN Center USA Literary Award, NEA Fellowship in Poetry, California Arts Council Artist Fellowship, Brody Arts Fund Literary Award/California Community Foundation, Kathryn A. Morton Literary Prize/Sarabande Books, The Spoon River Poetry Review Editor's Prize, Greg Grummer Award in Poetry/George Mason University, Vesta Award in Writing/The Woman's Building, Woman of Promise Award/National Feminist Writers Guild

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Listing last updated: July 25, 2016

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Listed as:
Creative Nonfiction Writer, Poet
Gives readings?
Travels for readings?
Identifies as:
Cuban American
Prefers to work with:
Adults, Any, At Risk Youth, Children, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender, Homeless people, Hospital patients, Mentally Ill, Naturalists/Environmentalists, People with Disabilities, Prisoners, Seniors, Teachers, Teenagers, Veterans
Fluent in:
Born in:
Raised in:
Los Angeles, CA

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