Perfil: Mariana Romo-Carmona

Mariana Romo-Carmona. Nace en Santiago de Chile el año 1952. Escritora, Traductora, Docente en la Universidad de New York; Profesora de Literatura y Escritura Creativa. Ha sido co-editora de numerosos procesos escriturales vinculados con lo homosexual e inmigración y ha obtenido numerosos premios por sus trabajos...

Contributor to numerous anthologies, professor of literature and creative writing. Co-Editor, Cuentos: Stories By Latinas (1983). Co-Editor Conditons: 15-17 (1988-1990). Founder/Co-Editor,COLORLife! Magazine (1990-1992). Author, Living at Night, novel (1997). Author, Speaking Like An Immigrant: a Collection. Astraea Lesbian Fiction Prize. First Edition 1998, Second Edition 2010. Editor- Translator- Author, Conversaciones. Lambda Foundation Prize, 2001. Author, Sobrevivir y otros complejos: Poems in Englillano, 2011.

Mariana Romo-Carmona es la autora de la novela Living at Night, cuya protagonista lesbiana, Erica García, es puertorriqueña de 2nda generación en el estado de Connecticut. Erica trabaja en una región rural, en una institución para gente con incapacidades en los 1970. Romo-Carmona ha publicado ficción y poesía en ambos idiomas en numerosas antologías, y ha traducido extensamente por más de 20 años.
La 2nd Edición de su colección de cuentos en inglés y español, Speaking Like An Immigrant, se acaba de publicar como libro electrónico (ebook). Romo-Carmona ha editado además la antología Conversaciones: Relatos por padres y madres de hijas lesbianas e hijos gay, ganadora del premio Lambda 2001. Romo-Carmona entrevistó a 23 madres y padres para crear un collage de conversaciones; muchos de ellos imigrantes a los EEUU y Canadá.

Desde 1994-2006, Romo-Carmona fue parte de la Facultad del Programa de Masters en Creación Literaria, en Goddard College. Desde del 2001, es profesora de literatura latinoamericana y española en el Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Labor Studies/CUNY en Manhattan.



Sobrevivir y otros complejos: Narrative Poems in Englillano (Ediciones Escritorial, 2011) New York, NY

Speaking Like an Immigrant: A Collection, Revised and expanded edition (Ediciones Escritorial, 2010) New York, NY

Conversaciones: Writings by Parents of Lesbian and Gay Latinos (Cleis Press, 2001, in Spanish) 2002 Lambada Book Award winner. 

Speaking like an Immigrant: A Collection (Latina Lesbian History Project, 1999), short stories. First Edition.

Living at Night (Spinsters Ink, 1997), novel

Anthologies (edited)

Queer City (Portable Lower East Side, 1992) co-editors: Harold Robinson, Ira Silverberg, Jacqueline Woodson

Cuentos: Stories by Latinas ( Kitchen Table Press, 1983) co-editors: Alma Gómez, Cherrie Moraga.


Colorlife: The Lesbian, Gay, Two Spirit, Bisexual, People of Color Magazine- Managing Co-editor with Lidell Jackson, 1992-94

Conditions: Feminist Literary Journal-Editorial Board 1988-1992.

Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press- Bi-lingual Editor 1981-1985

Traducciones– (Spanish to English)

Translation of J.M. Cabané “Artist Texts: The Development of a Process, and Cracks in the Painting.” October, 2011, Art Catalog, Barcelona

Translation of On the Subject of Heaps, (About Anamnesis, by J. M. Cabané) by Arnau Pons. October 2011, Art Catalog, Barcelona

Translation of La muchacha de los ojos tristes: Poemas, homenajes y estrés, by Noemí Trujillo Giacomelli, Ediciones Escritorial, 2011, New York, NY

Translation of Viviendo campo a través: Memoir, poems and stories, by Mercedes Salvador Acevedo, Ediciones Escritorial, 2011, New York, NY

Publicaciones en Diarios y Revistas:

“The History of Her Depression,” SNR, the SN Review Online/Print Literary Journal. Summer, 2011

“Cabeza de serpiente,” “Gotas,” Traslapuente, Revista Literaria de la Ribera de Navarra. (Castilla S.L.) No. 43, mayo 2011, España

“Becoming Blond,” Peregrine Journal, Amherst, MA, 2005

“Death of the Rabbits” in The Literary Review, Spring 2004, Vol. 47, #3 and Best of Carve Magazine, Fiction, 2005

“Tracks” in Carve Magazine, July, 2003

Poems in 13th Moon Literary Journal, Winter 2002

“The Foreign Girl” in Essence Magazine (October, 1999)

“The Pagoda” review, in Ms. Magazine (1999)

“Patlatonalli Manifesto” in GLQ Archive (CUNY Publications, 1997) edited by Mark Blasius

“Scene at 9 A.M.” and “La Exhibición” in Aquelarre (Vancouver, B.C, 1996/97)

“Meditations on Immigration” in Front Arts magazine (Vancouver, B.C., 1996)

“Lesbian Latinas: Organizational Efforts to End Oppression” in Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services (The Hayworth Press, 1995) edited by Hilda Hildalgo

“Civic Duty in the Age of Space Probes” in Crossroads: Contemporary Political Analysis and Left Dialogue (San Francisco, 1994) 

“The Color of My Narrative” in Radical America (Boston, 1993)

“Third World Women” with Loly Carrillo in Our Bodies Ourselves: Fifth Revised Edition (Simon and Shuster, 1985)

“Esta mañana,” poema, (Periódico El Sur), Concepción, Chile, 1979


“Había una vez una reina,” Talla G, Antología poética, (Lalunaesmía Editoras, 2011) C Pimpinales 7, Linares, Jaén, España

“Idilio “ in Sinister Wisdom 74,Latina Lesbians, 2009

“Passage” in Steeped: In the World of Tea, Interlink Press, 2004

Poems in The World in Us: Lesbian and Gay Poetry of the Next Wave (Saint Martin’s Press, 2000) edited by Michael Lassell and Elena Georgiou

“A Letter” in A Woman Like That (Avon Books, 1999) edited by Joan Larkin

“Between the Andes and the Sea” Lesbian Travels: A Literary Companion (Whereabouts Press, 1998) edited by Lucy Jane Bledsoe

“Latina Lesbians” in A Queer World (NYU Press, 1997) edited by Martin Duberman

“How We Get That Way” in Queer Thirteen (Rob Weisbach, 1998) edited by Clifford Chase

“Conversation” in Her Testimony (Affiliated East/West Press, New Delhi, 1994) edited by Aruna Sietsh

“Gabriela and Una Madre” in Compañeras: Latina Lesbians (Routledge, 1994) edited by Juanita Ramos-Díaz

“The Virgin in The Desert” in Beyond Gender and Geography: American Women Writers (Affiliated East/West Press, New Delhi, 1994) edited by Aruna Sitesh

“2280” in Conditions: Seventeen (1990) edited by Cheryl Clarke, Melinda Goodman, Paula Martinac, Pauline Sugino

“Piece de Resistance” and “Untitled” in Fight Back: Feminist Resistance to Male Violence (Cleis Press, 1981) edited by Frederique De la Coste and Felice Newman

Journalistic and Teaching blogs: Writingatight/escribiendo de noche and Diario de una escribana, 2007-Present

Premios y Becas

Lambda Book Award, for Conversaciones, 2002

National Latino/a Lesbian Gay Organization (LLEGO) Building Bridges Award, 2000

Barbara Smith Literary Criticism Award, 2000

Audre Lorde Project Honoring Our Past Award, 1998

Fellow- The Millay Colony for the Arts, 1998

New York City Anti-Violence Project Courgage Award, 1997

Fellow-The MacDowell Colony, 1997

Las Buenas Amigas Visionary Leadership Award, 1996

Men of All Colors Together, New York Activist Award, 1992

Astraea: National Lesbian Writers Fund Fiction Award, 1991

Participación en Paneles:

The Lambda Literary Foundation, Fiction Judge, 2007, 2010

The New York Foundation for the Arts, Fiction Judge, April, 2000

The Massachusetts Cultural Council, Fiction Panel Reader, March 2000

The Publishing Triangle, “The 100 Best Lesbian & Gay Novels,” Judge, 1999

Astraea National Lesbian Action Foundation, Fiction Award Judge, 1995, 2000

Barnard College, New York City Young Women’s Poetry Competition, Judge 1994


Professor – JSM Institute for Labor Studies/CUNY 25 W. 43 St, New York, NY

Urban Studies of Queens College. Latin American Literature, Spanish Lit.,

Comp. Lit., Social Sciences, Eng. Comp., and Spanish I-III. Fall 2001- 2012

Faculty – Goddard College, MFA Program in Writing (Fiction, Non-Fiction, and

Poetry) 1994-2006

Program Coordinator – Project Reach: Youth Counseling Advocacy and

Organizing Center (New York) 1993-94

Public Education Coordinator – Lambda Legal Defense Fund (New York)


Community Education Specialist – Mass. Coalition of Battered Women’s

Groups (Boston) 1980-81

Spanish Teacher – Cambridge, Mass. YWCA 1980

Spanish Teacher – Bishop Center, University of Connecticut (1978)

Spanish Teacher – More Hall (Abington, CT) 1977

Spanish and Math Instructor – Windham Adult Ed. (Willimantic, CT) 1976

Public Sector:

Program Coordinator – Project Reach, Youth Counseling, Advocacy and Organizing Center, New York, NY, 1993-1994

Public Education Coordinator – Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund, New York, NY, 1990-1991

Senior Compliance Specialist – The City of New York, Office of Labor Services

Supervision of specialists on reviews and conferences; writing and development of compliance documents; support to Assistant Director on training and compliance projects.Jan 89-Apr 90

Compliance Specialist - Performance of complex reviews pursuant to E.O. 50, including employment policies and workforce analysis; development and negotiation of Employment Programs; coordination of special projects and seminars; independent research and writing of memoranda on novel compliance issues. Jul 86-Jan 89

Technical Assistance Specialist – Compliance reviews of NYC contractors; technical assistance to contractors and City agencies.Nov 84-Jul 86

Community Education Specialist – Massachusetts Coalition of Battered Women’s Groups, Boston, MA 1980-1981


Introduction, translation, readings, and commentary:

New York City Booklaunch of Escritorial titles, Bookculture bookstore; JSM Institute for Labor Studies/CUNY, May 17&19, 2011, New York, NY

Barcelona Booklaunch of Escritorial titles, Bistro D’Arte, Pasaje Pellicer; Libreria Bernat +, Buenos Aires 6. April 13 & 14, 2011, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

NYC Booklaunch of Compañeras: Latina Lesbians, 2005 Revised Edition. Introduction and commentary. Bluestockings bookshop, New York, NY

New York University, Talk and author reading, New York City, Winter 2003

PACE University, Class Talk, Dr. Karla Jay, New York City, Fall 2003

In Our Own Write series, author reading, The LGBT Community Center, New York City, 2003

Toronto Latin American Centre, Reading from Conversaciones: Relatos por padres y madres; Author reading, Spring 2002, Toronto, Canada

Cornell University at Ithaca, Reading from Conversaciones: Relatos por padres y madres de hijas lesbianas e hijos gay, Spring 2001

New York Public Library series, Jefferson Library, Poetry Reading, The World In Us: publication, Fall 2000

Lavender Linguistics Conference, keynote panelist – American University, Washington, D.C., September 1999. The Languages of the Conqueror & A Journey Between Them

Associated Writing Programs Conference, panelist – Albany, NY 1999 Cultural Representation of Latina/o Characters from Margins to Mainstream

Toronto Booklaunch for Speaking Like An Immigrant, Toronto Women’s Bookstore, Canada, 1999

Crossing Borders, Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies Conference, panelist, New York City, 1999

Literary Paths and Self Figuration in the Latin American Canon

OutWrite Conference, keynote 1992, panelist – 1993, 1995,1998,1999 One Hundred Years of Solitude is Long Enough: Latina/o Roundtable; Boston

Goddard College, MFA Workshops and Panels: The 1930s from an International Perspective; Cortázar: Surrealism and Magic Realism; The Self-Consciousness of Language: A Translation Approach to Poetry – 1994 to 2006

The Art Institute of Chicago, visiting writer – October 1998

The Center for Latino & Latin American Studies, Northern Illinois University, visiting writer October 1998

The Publishing Triangle, Spanish Language Reading at the New York Public Library – July 1998

Commencement Address, MFA in Writing Graduation, Goddard College, VT, 1996, and 2000

United Voices /United Visions, 2nd People of Color Pride Conference, New York City – June 1996 Creative Writing for Latina Lesbians

Talk and Workshop presentation, Latino Students’ Group. Duke University, 1996

First People of Color Pride Conference, New York City June 1995

The Satellite Story: Approaches to the Novel,

Northeastern University, Women’s Law Caucus, panelist and visiting writer, October 1993

Third Latin American Lesbian Feminist Conference, panelist – Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico, 1992

The 3rd OUTWRITE Conference – Boston, 1992 Keynote Address on the Quincentennial

Second Latin American Lesbian Feminist Conference, panelist – San José, Costa Rica, 1990

Hunter College, Dept. Of Black & Puerto Rican Studies, visiting writer – February 1988

First Latin American Lesbian Feminist Conference, Cuernavaca, Mexico, 1987; Presentation of workshops and translation

8th ILIS Conference, workshop translation – Geneva, Switzerland, 1986 La Red/Network of Latin American & US Latina organizations

IGA History Conference, workshop translation – Toronto, Canada, 1985 Grassroots Documentation Projects

International Black Book Conference, Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press editor, London, England 1982

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