Lola Rodriguez

New York, NY 10009
Phone: 
718-786-1423

Author's Bio

TREADING FIRE I, peacock, in this cage of light, must pace;/ For resplendent in one-thousand-faceted mirrors,/ In the artificial conservatory,/ I am tethered to introspection,/ Building lapis-lazuli monuments/ To a million profane eyes.// Or, am I prisoner of the flip-book movie train--/ Now, alternating bars of pitch and bright,/ A rapid-transit schooner of the track-grid life,/ Gliding in Doppler motion toward some ultimate/ And static mouth of darkness?// In the umbric ellipse of the elevated train,/ I wrap the lion’s skin around me,/ For, I have found myself ashore,/ Slippered in bottle-glass, in leggings/ Of leaves and silver,/ And, treading fire on the doomed boardwalk,/ Where xanthic stripes of hard light,/ Paste the sun to planks, buttering shadows.// There must be a mark, pocked,/ On the nautilus map of life,/ Where the eventuality of pain finally,/ Asserts its turnkey shell.// Slag-spun to oily dross and jetsom,/ Sequined in the fish-scales where I drowned,/ Pushing down the losing sand to tide,/ Is death’s suave water mark:// Worn to effect by waves of fire,/ Torn to the bone and kidnapped by/ the undertow,/ Aflame in the hot-lipped sting of the jellyfish kiss,/ In thrall to the swordfish’s trident slash,/ The metered crab caressing the seagull,/ The marlin measuring time.// The orange orb that covers us in feathers of gold,/ Falls into the sea, and floats,/ near the zinc horizon;/ Iridescent in self-light,/ Like illuminated fruit in a tidal/ pool,/ Manacled, to twilight.// --Lola Rodriguez, "Treading Fire" Copyright 2012. All Rights Reserved. Rodriguez' work has appeared in over 60 publications--books, magazines, reviews, and journals. Please use contact information to book performances and workshops.

Publications and Prizes

Books: 
Notes from a Solitary Rumba
(Linear Arts Press, 1986)
Anthologies: 
Connections: New York City Bridges in Poetry
(P & Q Press, 2012)
, New to North America
(Burning Bush Publishing, 2006)
, Out of the Depths: Poverty--Courage and Resilience
(Holy Cow! Press, 2015)
, Painters and Poets
(Tribes Books, 1998)
, The Coffeehouse Poetry Anthology
(Bottom Dog Press, 1996)
, The Occupy Wall Street Poetry Anthology
(Word Press, 2012)
, Tokens: Contemporary Poetry of the Subway
(P & Q Press, 2003)
Journals: 
A Gathering of the Tribes, Afro-Hispanic Review, , , Contemporary Literary Review India, Excursus, Flyway, Lungfull!, Milk, Muse india, phati'tude Literary Magazine, Salonika Quarterly, Sensitive Skin, Tamarind, The Caribbean Writer, , The English Journal, The Evergreen Review, , The Portable Boog City Reader, The World, Tongues of the Ocean
Performances: 
"Lola Rodriguez Out Loud" at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe
(1995)
, ABC No Rio
(1995)
, Arabica Performance in Playhouse Square
(1990)
, Asian American Writer's Workshop Reading Series
(1999)
, Barnes & Noble Bookstore
(2002)
, Cafe Nico
(2000)
, Cafe No Bar
(1997)
, Chez La Roe
(2000)
, City Lore, Words on Walls, PoeMobile Performance at Diversity Plaza
(2013)
, Cleveland Public Theatre
(1995)
, Community Gardens Performance Series
(1999)
, Cornelia Street Cafe
(1996)
, Down Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass Reading
(1998)
, Felipe Luciano Show
(1999)
, Fez
(1998)
, Hispanic Pride Festival
(1993)
, Karamu Theatre
(1986)
, La Casa Maya, Merida, Yucatan
(1988)
, La Mama Theatre
(1998)
, Langston Hughes Birthday Celebration, Lola Rodriguez, special guest appearance with Daniel Thompson and Drumplay
(1997)
, Life Cafe
(1999)
, Live at the Gershwin
(2000)
, Lola Rodriguez "Live at the Shire"
(1989)
, London's Institute of Contemporary Art
(2000)
, Meow Mix
(2000)
, New York Public Library
(2002)
, Princeton Reading for US 1 "Princeton Fountain"
(2006)
, Red Star
(1989)
, Small World Coffee Princeton
(2011)
, Spaces Gallery
(1989)
, St. Mark's Poetry Project
(1998)
, Teachers and Writers Collaborative
(2003)
, Telephone Bar
(1999)
, The Brecht Forum--Solo Performance for The Icarus Project
(2012)
, The Knitting Factory
(1997)
, The Literary Life With George Plimpton
(1999)
, The National Arts Club
(2012)
, The Poetry Center--Master Class & Performance
(1989)
, The Red Room
(1999)
, The Smithsonian Institution
(2006)
, The Whitney Museum of American Art
(1996)
, The World Cup
(1988)
, Wildflower Performance Space
(1993)
Prizes Won: 
Pushcart Prize Nominee, Selected for Latin Beat Magazine Women's Issue, Alan Ginsberg Poetry Award Finalist, Hipster Haiku Honorable Mention, First College Honors, Award for Intellectual and Creative Achievement, Lila Acheson Wallace Reader's Digest Foundation Grant, Special Honor: Rodriguez' "Preamble" was read by Ambassador of Peace and Goodwill, Mr. Agha Muhammad Saleh for The 7th Annual "Spirit of the United Nations" Awards Ceremony & United Nations 68th Anniversary Celebration, 21 October 2013, 777 UN Plaza, New York, NY

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now: 
Generations: The History of America's Future by William Strauss & Neil Howe
,
The Singularity is Near and The Age of Spiritual Machines by Ray Kurzweil
,
Sepharad by Antonio Munoz Molina
,
The Hermit of 69th Street by Jerzy Kosinski
,
The World is What it is: an authorized biography of V.S. Naipaul by Patrick French

More Information

Listed as: 
Gives readings: 
Yes
Travels for readings: 
Yes
Identifies as: 
Other
Prefers to work with: 
Any
Fluent in: 
English
Born in: 
New York City
Raised in: 
New York City, NY
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Last updated: Nov 03, 2014