Mariella Saavedra Carquin


Denver, CO
Colorado US

Author's Bio

Mariella Saavedra Carquin has practiced as a licensed mental health counselor in New York City in clinical, higher education, and middle school settings and now works in integrated primary care at Children’s Hospital Colorado through the University of Colorado School of Medicine. She is a graduate of Middlebury College, holds an EdM and an MA in psychological counseling from Columbia University, and recently earned an MA from Middlebury’s Bread Loaf School of English. She has been published in the literary journal of the Middlebury Bread Loaf School of English in 2017, 2018, and 2022. In addition to writing poetry, she has published in various academic journals on the psychological impact of microaggressions experienced by undocumented immigrant youth. Born in Lima, Peru, and raised in Miami, Florida, she currently lives in Denver, Colorado. Maps You Can't Make is her first book.

Publications & Prizes

Maps You Can't Make (June Road Press, 2023)
Prizes won: 
  • 3rd place winner 2022 Robert Haiduke Poetry Prize for the poem "passed"
  • 1st place winner 2020 Robert Haiduke Poetry Prize for the poem "wait" 



Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Ada Limón, Ocean Vuong, José Olivarez, Joy Harjo, Colson Whitehead, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Yaa Gyasi, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Jhumpa Lahiri
What I'm reading now: 
Out of Place: A Memoir by Edward Said, How Europe Underdeveloped Africa by Walter Rodney

More Information

Gives readings: 
Travels for readings: 
Identifies as: 
Prefers to work with: 
Adults, Illness/Wellness, Immigration, Mental Health
Fluent in: 
English, Spanish
Born in: 
Raised in: 
Miami, FL
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Last update: Jan 23, 2024