Carmen Rodríguez

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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.

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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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Announcing TRASIEGO

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 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...

Carmen Rodríguez, 1982

Carmen Rodríguez, La Paz, Bolivia, 1982. Photo: Bob Everton



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Short Stories

and a body to remember with


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Protacted War

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Short Stories

De Cuerpo Entero

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Anthologies & Periodicals

Anthologies & Periodicals

Educating for Change

Educational Publications

Educating for Change

Photo Gallery

Historic Joy Kogawa House, where Carmen Rodríguez did a writer's residency in 2017.
With Joy Kogawa at Historic Joy Kogawa House in Vancouver. May, 2017
With Joy Kogawa and friends at Historic Joy Kogawa House in Vancouver. May, 2017.
At Historic Joy Kogawa House, facilitating a group discussion with writer Carol Shaben. April, 2017.
Carmen Rodriguez and Arundhati Roy, Vancouver, March 31,2014
Carmen Rodriguez in Oslo with Elisabeth Kielland Haug of Juritzen Forlag. November, 2013.
Carmen Rodriguez with Chiles Døtre at an Oslo Bookstore. November, 2013.
Carmen Rodriguez with Gloria Miqueles in London. Gloria was one of the organizers of Carmen's presentation in that city.October, 2013.
With Arve Juritzen and Juritzen Forlag staff, celebrating the launch of Chiles Døtre.
Carmen Rodriguez at the San Miguel de Allende Writers Festival, 2013.
Members of the Westside Bookies Book Club, Los Angeles, California, skyping Carmen Rodriguez during the meeting in which they discussed Retribution. December, 2013.
Los Angeles, California book-club Westside Bookies enjoys a Chilean meal as they discuss RETRIBUTION. December, 2013.
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 at the Word on the Street Festival in Vancouver. September, 2012.
At the Puerto Vallarta Writers Group's Conference. February, 2012.
With writer William Gordon and friend, Puerto Vallarta Writers Group's Conference. February, 2012.
With writer Cynthia Flood. November, 2011.
With Radio Canada International colleagues Leonora Chapman, Paloma Martínez, Pablo Gómez Barrios and Christian Sida-Valenzuela, and participants in a special broadcast from Vancouver. February, 2011.
With writers Nancy Richler, Lydia Kwa and Angela Hryniuk. January, 1999.
Carmen Rodriguez receiving the City of Santiago Literary Award (Honorary Mention). July, 1998.
Carmen Rodriguez at the Word on the Street Festival in Vancouver. September, 1990.
Carmen Rodriguez with members of the SDM writers' and artists' group
Carmen Rodriguez with artist Nora Patrich
Carmen Rodriguez Facilitating workshops with First Nations literacy instructors, 1990
Carmen in Vancouver, with her brother, poet Nelson Rodríguez. October, 1991.
Carmen Rodriguez at a pow-wow in Alkali Lake, BC, 1986
Carmen Rodriguez, Mexico, 1982
Carmen Rodriguez in Vancouver, Carmen Rodríguez participates in a twelve-day hunger strike in solidarity with relatives of disappeared political prisoners in Chile. June, 1978.
Carmen Rodriguez with Resistencia, Vancouver-based Chilean musical ensemble. Carmen Rodríguez is not the blonde woman. 1978.
Carmen Rodríguez, second from the left, with Vancouver-based Chilean musical ensemble Cormorán. 1975.
Carmen Rodriguez, Valdivia, Chile. May, 1973.

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