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)
A Poet's Truth: Conversations with Latino/Latina Poets
(University of Arizona Press, 2003)
, American Voices: Webs of Diversity
(Merrill, 1998)
, An Ear to the Ground: Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry
(The University of Georgia Press, 1989)
, Another City: Writings from Los Angeles
(City Lights, 2001)
, California Poetry: From the Gold Rush to the Present
(Heyday Books, 2003)
, Chester H. Jones Foundation Winners 1998
(Chester H. Jones Foundation, 1998)
, Fiesta in Aztlán
(Capra Press, 1982)
, Grand Passion: Poets of Los Angeles and Beyond
(Red Wind Books, 1995)
, In Short: A Collection of Brief Creative Nonfiction
(Norton, 1996)
, Latino Boom: Anthology of U.S. Latino Literature
(Longman Press, 2006)
, Lengua Fresca: Latinos Writing on the Edge
(Houghton Mifflin, 2006)
, Letters to the World
(Red Hen Press, 2008)
, Lucky Break: How I Became a Writer
(Heinemann Books, 1999)
, Not for the Academy
(Only Women Press, 1999)
, Poems, Poets, Poetry: An Introduction and Anthology
(Bedford Books, 2009)
, Poems, Poets, Poetry: An Introduction and Anthology
(Bedford/St. Martin's, 2009)
, Poetry Los Angeles: Reading the Essential Poems of the City
(The University of Michigan Press, 2014)
, Poetry Loves Poetry
(Momentum Press, 1985)
, Queer Dog: Homo/Pup/Poems
(Cleis Press, 1997)
, Renaming Ecstasy: Latino Writings on the Sacred
(Bilingual Review Press, 2003)
, Short: An International Anthology of Five Centuries of the Prose Poem
(Persea Books, 2014)
, Sleeping with One Eye Open: Women Writers on Surviving as Artists
(University of Georgia Press, 1999)
, The Face of Poetry
(University of California Press, 2005)
13th Moon, Bachy, Beyond Baroque Magazine, Calyx, A Journal of Art and Literature by Women , Catamaran Literary Reader, Chicago Tribune, Chrysalis, Cold Mountain Review, Kenyon Review, L.A. Times, LA Weekly, Momentum Magazine, Ms. Magazine, New Millennium Writings, On the Bus, 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, White Pelican Review, Versal, ZYZZYVA
Prizes Won: 
2018–19 City of Los Angeles (C.O.L.A.) Fellowship in Literature, 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

Reviews, Recordings, and Interviews

More Information

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: 
Güines, Cuba
Raised in: 
Los Angeles, CA
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Last updated: Feb 19, 2019