Country

Dominican Republic

General Presentation

Born in 1948 in Santo Domingo, Chiqui Visioso left her homeland for New York with the rest of her family, after her father's death. She continued her studies there and graduated with a degree from Brooklyn College in the Sociology and History of Latin America, going on to do a Master of Education Sciences at Columbia University and rounding off her studies with a degree in Cultural Project Administration from the Fundação Getulio Vargas in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. As a poet, playwright, essayist and educator, Chiqui is considered to be a cultural activist and feels particularly strongly about the feminine question and myths. In 1980, she returned to the Dominican Republic where she published her first collection of poems, Viaje desde el agua. She also founded the Circle of Dominican Women Poets. She went on to publish four more poetry collections and has also written several plays for the stage. As an essayist, she writes about feminine literature, particularly in Algo que decir (1991). Chiqui Visioso has also been very active in the press community. From 1981 to 1983, she contributed to several newspapers (La Noticia and El Nuevo Diario for example) before publishing a weekly column (from 1986 to 1999) in Listìn Dario, the most popular daily paper in the Dominican Republic. She then wrote in Hoy from 1999 to 2005. As part of her duties as consultant for the United Nations Women's Empowerment programme, she has published several training manuals. She also acts as an ambassador for women, children and teenagers for the Dominican Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Chiqui's literary work has been translated into several languages and published in international and local anthologies alike.

Select bibliography

Poetry

  • Eva-sion-es. Nehesi Publishers, 2006
  • Wish-ky Sour.1996
  • Internamiento. Editora Búho, 1991
  • Un extraño ulular traìa el viento. Alfa y Omega, 1983
  • Viaje desde el agua. Ediciones Visuarte /Fundación del Libro Casa de Teatro, 1981

Plays

  • Wish-ky Sour. Secretaria de Estado de Educaciòn, 1998
  • Salome U : cartas a una ausencia. 1997
  • Perrerìas
  • Desvelo

Essays

  • Salomé Ureña de Henriquez (1850-1897): a cien años de su magisterio. Comisión Permanente de la Feria Nacional del Libro, 1997
  • Algo que decir: ensayos críticos sobre literatura escrita por mujeres (1991)
  • Julia de Burgos la nuestra. Alfa y Omega, 1990.
  • Volver a vivir: ensayos sobre Nicaragua. Editora Búho, 1985

Prizes and distinctions

2000: Winner of the "Premio Casandra" for the best stage production (Salome U)

1997: Premio Nacional de Teatro Cristóbal de Llerena for Wish-ky Sour

1992: Gold Medal of Merit from the National Women’s Bureau

1992: Anacaona Médaille d’Or de Littérature

1988: Golden Caonabo Prize awarded by the Dominican Writers Association

@La Médiathèque Caraïbe

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