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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.
ATACAMA IS NOW AVAILABLE...
Forceful, moving and finely crafted, Atacama is the riveting story of two people of disparate backgrounds, but connected by their profound understanding of the other's emotional predicaments and by their commitment to social justice. It is a story of fortitude in the face of adversity, resistance, struggle and hope; art and the written word vis a vis activism; a story that may be set in the first half of the twentieth century but resonates in today's world with echoes of indisputable truths and historical deja vus.
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Trasiego is a multilingual, participatory installation and soundscape of poetry, visual and digital art created by Dafne Blanco-Sarlay and Carmen Rodríguez –an exploration of issues related to uprooting and re-rooting, place, migration and memory. Marpole Neighbourhood House is proud to announce that, in collaboration with the Vancouver Latin American Cultural Centre (VLACC) and the Indian Summer Festival ISM), it will host Trasiegoin its premises, located on the unceded land of the Musqueam people. Trasiego will be open to the public through the Fall and Winter of 2021. Visitors' responses to the installation in the form of writing and images will be added to the piece over the course of the exhibit. In the meantime, watch a preview of Dafne's and Carmen's work HERE
VLACC HONORARY ELDER
VLACC inducts awarded Chilean-Canadian writer Carmen Rodríguez as its Honorary Elder - VLACC
Carmen Rodríguez – photo by Felipe Fittipaldi. On March 8th 2021, International Women’s Day, the Vancouver Latin American Cultural Centre (VLACC) inducted Carmen Rodríguez as its Honorary Elder. Even before VLACC’s incorporation in 2012, Carmen assumed an informal advisory role, upholding the organization to the highest values, sharing her deeply rooted network, and educating VLACC on... vlacc.ca
Carmen Rodríguez, La Paz, Bolivia, 1982. Photo: Bob Everton