Carmen Rodríguez

Photo: Alejandra Aguirre


Born in Valdivia, Chile, bilingual writer Carmen Rodríguez came to Canada as a political exile in 1974. She is the author of Guerra Prolongada/Protracted War (Women’s Press, 1992), a bilingual volume of poetry; And A Body To Remember With/De Cuerpo Entero (Arsenal Pulp Press/Editorial Los Andes, 1997), a collection of short stories; and Retribution (Women’s Press Literary, 2011), a novel.

De Cuerpo Entero was awarded an Honorary Mention of Santiago’s “Premio Municipal de Literatura” in 1998, while And A Body To Remember With was a finalist for the Vancouver Book Award, also in 1998. Retribution obtained second place in the Best Popular Novel category of the 2012 International Latino Book Awards in New York.

Chiles Døtre, the Norwegian translation of Retribution was released in the fall of 2013 by Juritzen Forlag of Oslo. Its Spanish version, El Desquite, is forthcoming. In addition to being a writer, Rodríguez has worked extensively as an educator and journalist. Until recently, she taught in the Latin American Studies Program of Simon Fraser University and was Vancouver correspondent for the Spanish language section of Radio Canada International.

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Historic Joy Kogawa House goes bilingual!

From the beginning of April to the end of June, Historic Joy Kogawa House will offer creative writing workshops in both English and Spanish. “You don’t have to be a Spanish native speaker to attend. If you feel comfortable with your knowledge of the language, please join us!” says Carmen Rodríguez, writer-in-residence and workshop facilitator.

In addition to creative writing workshops, Carmen Rodríguez will facilitate a “Meet the Author/Book-Club” series with writers Carol Shaben (Into the Abyss on April 10), Shaena Lambert (Radiance on May 8), and Duncan McCue (The Shoe Boy on June 12).

As of April 1, Rodríguez will be in residence and available for interviews and consultation. Contact Ann-Marie Metten at
Or check the Historic Joy Kogawa House Website


Retribution Cover



and a body to remember with Cover

Short Stories

and a body to remember with

Protacted War Cover


Protacted War


De Cuerpo Entero Cover

Short Stories

De Cuerpo Entero

Chiles Døtre Cover


Chiles Døtre



Photo Gallery

Carmen Rodriguez Arundhati Roy, Vancouver, March 31,2014
Carmen Rodriguez with Edward James Olmos at the Latino Book and Family Festival, October 13, 2012, California State University, Dominguez Hills, Los Angeles, California.
Carmen Rodriguez with Elisabeth Kielland Haug of Juritzen Forlag.
Carmen Rodriguez with Chiles Døtre at an Oslo Bookstore
Carmen Rodriguez with Chiles Døtre at an Oslo Bookstore
Carmen Rodriguez with Gloria Miqueles in London. Gloria was one of the organizers of Carmen's presentation in that city.
With Arve Juritzen and Juritzen Forlag staff, celebrating the launch of Chiles Døtre.
Carmen Rodriguez at the San Miguel de Ayende Writers Festival, 2013.
Carmen Rodriguez at the Word on the Street Festival in Vancouver, 2012.
Carmen Rodriguez at the Word on the Street Festival in Vancouver, 1990.
Carmen Rodriguez with members of the SDM writers and artists group
Carmen Rodriguez members of  Westside Bookies RETRIBUTION
Carmen Rodriguez with artist Nora Patrich
Carmen Rodriguez Facilitating workshops with First Nations literacy instructors, 1990
Carmen Rodriguez at a pow-wow in Alkali Lake, BC, 1986
Carmen y Nelson Rodriguez.
Carmen Rodriguez Hunger strike Vancouver, 1978.
Carmen Rodriguez Chilean musical ensemble Resistencia Vancouver, 1978.
Carmen Rodriguez with Chilean musical ensemble Cormoran, Vancouver, 1975.
Carmen Rodriguez, Chile, 1973.

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Book Clubs: I will be happy to collaborate with book clubs. Please contact me with your questions and queries and I will do my best to respond promptly.