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Born in San Juan in 1951, Aurea Maria Sotomayor is a poet, essayist, literary critic and translator. She has a Doctorate in Literature from Stanford University, in Comparative Literature from Bloomington (Indiana), and in Law from the University of Puerto Rico. She has taught literature at the University of Puerto Rico and Spanish for the Spanish Ministry for General Education, and currently teaches Hispanic Literature and Languages at the University of Pittsburgh in the United States, where she lives. She has translated several authors including Derek Walcott; La providencia is the annotated Spanish translation of the book The Bounty. Aurea Maria has contributed to numerous journals, and is co-founder of the independent reviews Postdata, Nomada and Hotel Abismo. She is one of the most prolific Puerto-Rican poets, with her first collection of poetry, Aquelarre de una bobina tartamuda, appearing in 1973. She has also written a number of essays on literature, poetry, the environment and social justice. Many of her works have been included in anthologies published in Puerto Rico and Latin America. Her latest work, an essay on the poetry of José María Lima entitled José María Lima Poetry and Poetics. Traditions and Company, was published by the Instituto Internacional de Literatura Latinoamericana in 2012.

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  • Red de voces. Antologia de poesia puertorriquena contemporanea. Cuba: Casa de las Americas, 2012
  • Diseño del ala. San Juan: Ediciones Callejón, 2005
  • Femina Faber, Letras, música, ley. San Juan: Ediciones Callejón, 2004
  • Rizoma. San Juan: Libros Nómadas, 1998
  • La gula de la tinta: (Obra poética 1973-1993). San Juan: Editorial Postdata, 1994
  • Sitios de la memoria. San Juan:, Puerto Rico, 1983
  • Velando mi sueño de Madera. San Juan: Institute of Puerto Rican Culture. 1980
  • Aquelarre de una bobina tartamuda. Romualdo Real: San Juan, 1973



  • José María Lima Poetry and Poetics. Traditions and Company. Pittsburgh: Instituto Internacional de Literatura Latinoamericana, 2012


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