Elisabetta LaCava


Austin, TX

Author's Bio

Elisabetta LaCava is a double immigrant born in Italy, raised in Venezuela, who claimed Texas as her own. Twice foreign, she carries a family tradition of cultural interconnectedness. Her mother and grandmother survived the Russian advance into German territory at the end of WWII. Her father is the son of Italian migrants who settled in Venezuela. 

She is a first-generation college graduate and an MFA candidate at Bennington Writing Seminars. Her work has appeared in Stone Canoe, The Pointed Circle, Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, Texas Poetry Calendar, and others. She currently lives in Austin, Texas.

Publications & Prizes

Texas Poetry Calendar (Kallisto Gaia Press, 2022)
Texas Poetry Calendar (Kallisto Gaia Press, 2021)
Closed Eye Open
Hispanic Culture Review
Penultimate Peanut Magazine
Pointed Circle

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Edwidge Danticat, Jamaica Kincaid, Alice Walker, Eula Biss, Khaled Hosseini, Alberto Salcedo Ramos, Daisy Hernandez, Eckhart Tolle, Sue Monk Kidd, Ada Limon, Tara Westover, Jeanette Walls, Dorothy Allison, Justin Torres, Ursula Le Guin, Elizabeth Bishop, Theodore Roethke, Howard Nemorov, Richard Wilbur, Howard Moss and many more.
What I'm reading now: 
Sankofa by Chibundu Onuzo, The Kissing Bug/Bichos by Daisy Hernandez, We the Animals by Justin Torres, The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, The Tradition by Jericho Brown, Where We Come From by Oscar Casares

More Information

Gives readings: 
Travels for readings: 
Identifies as: 
Prefers to work with: 
Adults, Children, Immigration, Parents, Schools, Seniors, Teachers, Teenagers, Women
Fluent in: 
English, Italian, Spanish
Born in: 
Rome, RM
Raised in: 
Puerto Cabello, G
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Last update: May 03, 2022