Aleida Rodríguez is a Cuban-American, bilingual poet, essayist, artist and translator. She was the first woman, Latina and lesbian to found/publish/edit a literary magazine and press in the history of Los Angeles. Her debut collection, Garden of Exile (1999), was chosen by Marilyn Hacker to receive the Kathryn A. Morton Poetry Prize. Rodríguez's upbringing in Güines, near Havana, Cuba, informs her poems—they are often imbued with lingual tension and the grief of displacement, but they also celebrate the natural beauty of both Cuban and U.S. American environments. She has been awarded fellowships from the NEA and the California Arts Council and has taught writing in elementary and high schools, colleges and universities, community centers, and the AIDS Unit of a women's prison. Rodríguez currently lives in Los Angeles.
Publications[edit | edit source]
"The First Woman", Garden of Exile, Sarabande Books, Inc., 1999.
"History", Garden of Exile, Sarabande Books, Inc., 1999.
"The Invisible Body", Garden of Exile, Sarabande Books, Inc., 1999.
"Little Cuba Stories/Cuentos de Cuba", Garden of Exile, Sarabande Books, Inc., 1999.
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