"Carmen Rodriguez writes from and about exile - a displacement terrifyingly common to the past several decade, particularly for Latin Americans. But these are poems that speak to us all. For exile is more than a condition of place, of landscape. If injustice of any kind estranges us from our bodies and our hopes, we suffer a kind of exile. Carmen's poems help bring us back to ourselves."- Margaret Randall
Carmen Rodriguez was born in Valdivia, Chile, in 1948. Since being forced into exile by the 1973 coup, she has lived in the United States, Bolivia, Argentina, and Canada. Her poetry, short stories, and articles have been published in Paula Magazine, Aquelarre Magazine, Capilano Review, Fireweed, Norte-Sur, and Prison Journal. As well as a writer, Carmen is an Adult Literacy Consultant, teaches in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University, and is a member of the Aquelarre Collective.