The Multiple Poetic Cartographies of Carlota Caulfield

Carlota Caulfield
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Born in Havana, Carlota Caulfield is the author of nine collections of poetry in Spanish and English, among them, 34th Street and other poems (1987), A las puertas del papel con amoroso fuego / At the Paper Gates with Burning Desire (1996 & 2001), The Book of Giulio Camillo (a model for a theater of memory) (2003), Movimientos metálicos para juguetes abandonados (2003), Quincunce/Quincunx (2004), Ticket to Ride: Essays & Poems (2005) and A Mapmaker’s Diary: Selected Poems (White Pine Press, 2007). She is the editor of From the Forbidden Garden: Letters from Alejandra Pizarnik to Antonio Beneyto (2003), Alejandra Pizarnik, Dos Letras (2003), Voces Viajeras: Poetisas cubanas de hoy (2002), The Other Poetry of Barcelona: Spanish and Spanish-American Women Poets (2004), and No soy tu musa: Antología de poetas irlandesas contemporáneas (2008).

Her poems are also anthologized in Looking for Home: Women Writing about Exile (Milkweed Editions, 1990), These are Not Sweet Girls, Poetry by Latin American Women (White Pine Press, 1994), El gran libro de la América judía (Editorial de la Universidad de Puerto Rico, 1998), Antología de la poesía cubana: Tomo IV. Siglo XX (Verbum, 2002), Poesía cubana del siglo XX (Fondo de Cultura Económica, 2002), Las poetas de la búsqueda (Libros del Innombrable, 2002), So Luminous the Wildflowers: An Anthology of California Poets (Tebot Bach, 2003), Breviario de los sentidos: Poesía erótica escrita por mujeres (Torremozas, 2003), Blue Arc West: An Anthology of California Poets (Tebot Bach, 2006), El tiempo y las palabras: Literatura y cultura judía latinoamericana contemporánea / Times and the Words: Contemporary Jewish Latin American Literature and Culture (Hostos Review, 2006), and Cuba per se: Cartas de la diáspora (Universal, 2009).

Her work has been included in a number of American, Latin American and Spanish literary journals, including Haight Ashbury Literary Journal, Michigan Quarterly Review, Poetry San Francisco, Visions, Beacons, The Texas Review, 580 Split, The Walrus, Sugar Mule, Baquiana, Puerto del Sol, Chasqui, Barcarola, Textos, Aleph, AErea, Tercer Milenio, Walrus, Tsé-Tsé, Nómada, Cuadernos del Matemático, Turia, and Alga.

Her writings also serve as the subject for many essays and two critical texts: Escrituras poéticas de una nación: Dulce María Loynaz, Juana Rosa Pita y Carlota Caulfield (Ediciones Unión, 1999) by Jesús J. Barquet, and Poesía insular de signo infinito (Betania, 2008) by Aimée G. Bolaños.

Awards for her poetry include a 1987 Cintas Fellowship for Poetry, the 1988 Italian International Poetry Prize “Ultimo Novecento,” the 1997 “Latino Poetry” Honorable Mention of the Latin American Writers Institute of New York, and the 2002 First International Hispanoamerican Poetry Prize “Dulce María Loynaz.” Currently, she lives in Berkeley, California. She is professor and head of the Spanish and Spanish American Studies at Mills College, California.


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