Carlos Reyes


Portland, OR 97215-3459
(503) 239-5436

Author's Bio

CARLOS REYES is a noted poet and translator. Of his work Carolyn Kizer said: “Mr. Reyes is one of our local and national treasures. His poetry is as clear and strong as his social conscience. One is always struck by his sensual and sensory qualities… and his ability to capture a mood, a world, in a handful of lines.” Latest books of poetry: Osage Elegy (2022), The Ebbing Tide (2022), Lament for Us All (2022), Sea Smoke to Ashes (2020),Two People in the Night by a River (2019), Along the Flaggy Shore, Poems from West Clare (2018).Guilt in Our Pockets, Poems from South India (2017),Pomegrenate, Sister of the Heart (2012); translations: Poemas de amor y locura/ Poems of Love and Madness.Selected Translations (2013).  Author of a prose memoir: The Keys to the Cottage, Stories from the West of Ireland (2015). He is publisher of Trask House Books. Residencies: Poet-in-Residence, Joshua Tree National Park; Writer-in-Residence, Sitka Island Institute, Alaska, Acadia National Park, and most recently, Catacotin Mountain Park, NP (2018). Reyes lives in Portland but travels often to Ireland, Spain and Ecuador.

Publications & Prizes

Never Before: Poems About First Experiences (Four Way Books, 2005)
Stories from Where We Live: the NW Pacific Coast (Milkweed Editions, 2005)
Men of Our Time (University of Georgia Press, 1992)
Keys to the Cottage Stories from the West of Ireland (Lost Horse Press, 2015)
Poems of Love and Madness/ Poemas de amor y Locura, Selected translations (Lynx House Press, 2013)
Pomegranate, Sister of the Heart, poems (Lost Horse Press, 2012)
The Book of Shadows; New and Selected Poems (Lost Horse Press, 2009)
At the Edge of the Western Wave (Lost Horse Press, 2004)
A Suitcase Full of Crows (Bluestem Press, 1995)
Nightmarks (Lynx House Press, 1990)
West Coast Review
Prizes won: 

Oregon Arts Commission Fellowship-Poetry (1982); Finalist Oregon Book Awards-Poetry; Yaddo Fellowship (1982); Fundacion Valparaiso, Spain (1998); Heinrich Boll Fellowship (Achill Island, Ireland 2007); Ethel Fortnter Award, St Andrews College (2008)

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Seamus Heaney, Evelyn Boland, Michael Hartnett, Thomas Lynch, Pablo Neruda, Jorge Luis Borges, Mario Benedetti, Yusef Komenunyakaa, Robert Creeley, Robert Duncan, Tess Gallagher, Philip Garrison, Larry Levis, Phillip Levine, García Lorca, Tom Clark, Paul Celan, Walter Hall, W.D. Snodgrass, Wislawa Szymborska, Sandra McPherson, Richard Hugo, Lucia Perillo, Galway Kinnell, James Wright, and many others

More Information

Gives readings: 
Travels for readings: 
Identifies as: 
Irish American
Prefers to work with: 
Adults, At Risk Youth, Children, Disability, Illness/Wellness, Incarcerated individuals, Naturalists/Environmentalists, Seniors, Teachers, Teenagers, Veterans
Fluent in: 
English, Spanish
Born in: 
Marshfield, MO
Raised in: 
Yamhill, OR
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Last update: Oct 20, 2022