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Cuban poet to give readings at NMSU and in El Paso

Prize-winning Cuban poet Carlota Caulfield will be a guest speaker and reader at New Mexico State University this month.

Cuban poet Carlota Caulfield will read from her work at New Mexico State University Oct. 19 and 21 and in El Paso Oct. 22. (Photo by Gregory P. Collins)

She will read in English from her work at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19, in Hardman Hall Room 202. On Thursday, Oct. 21, she will read in English and Spanish at 9 a.m. in English Building Room 125, in Spanish at 1:10 p.m. in Science Hall Room 116 and in Spanish at 4:30 p.m. in Breland Hall Room 173A.

On Friday, Oct. 22, Caulfield will give bilingual English-Spanish readings in El Paso, at noon at the University of Texas-El Paso's Blumberg Auditorium in the Central Library and at 7:30 p.m. at the Bridge Gallery on San Francisco and Stanton Streets.

Born in Havana, Cuba, in 1953, Caulfield has received many awards and honors, including the Italian International Prize "Ultimo Novecento," the CINTAS fellowship for creative writing and a Latino Literature Prize for Published Books from the Latin American Writers Institute of New York.

Her books of poems include "34th Street and Other Poems," "Angel Dust/Polvo de Angel," "A las Puertas del Papel, con Amoroso Fuego/At the Paper Gates with Burning Desire," "Book of the XXXIX Steps/Libro de los XXXIX Escalones" and "Oscuridad Divina."

"Like Lewis Carroll's Alice, Carlota seems to have immediate access to another world, wrote San Francisco-based poet Jack Foley of "34th Street and Other Poems." "It is her extraordinary ability to remain in that precise state at once separated and connected, exiled and at home' that gives her work its special poignancy and joy, its special power."

Her poetry has appeared in a wide variety of literary magazines, including Visions, Michigan Quarterly Review, The Texas Review and Poetry USA. Her work is available at the NMSU New Library and on the Web at http://www.intercontinental.org and at http://www.intelinet.org/Caulfield/.

She has given readings at universities and cultural centers in the U.S. and abroad, including Middlebury College in Vermont, the Palazzo Giambacorti in Italy, El Hijo del Cuervo in Mexico City and Cafe Central in Barcelona, Spain.

She earned a doctorate at Tulane University, a master of arts degree at San Francisco State University, and a bachelor of arts degree at the University of Havana. She is an Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies, head of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and co-director of the Graduate Liberal Studies Program at Mills College, Oakland, Calif.

For more information about Caulfield's readings, contact Jesus J. Barquet, (505) 646-2329, at NMSU's languages and linguistics department.