Guatemala

Ana Maria Rodas

Ana Maria Rodas, (1937) Guatemala's first woman journalist, has published four books of poems. Translations of her poetry have been published in the U.S., England, Vienna, Rome and Munich. In 1990 Rodas received first prize in poetry from the Certamen de Juegos Florales Mexico, Centroamerica y el Caribe.

ANA MARIA RODAS (Guatemala) had her first book of poems published in l973 Poemas de la Izquierda Erotica (Poems of the Erotic Left, now titled Poems from the Erotic Front with selections from other books and translated by Zoe Anglesey. ). It was the first effort to look at the relationship between men and women as well as women and society from a feminist point of view in Guatemala, if not in Central America. Her second book, published in l975, Cuatro Esquinas del Juego de una Muneca (Four Corners of a Doll's Game) extended the themes from her first book. Her third book El Fin de los Mitos y los Suenos (The End of Myths and Dreams) received the Juegos Florales poetry prize of Quezaltenango, which is a l00yearold prize and very much respected in Central America. Her novelinprogress is titled Mariana en la Tigrera (Mariana in the Den of a Tigress).

Rodas has been a working journalist in Guatemala since the l970's except during periods of repression, one of which resulted in the assassination or disappearance of forty-one of her colleagues. Presently she works as the art critic, literary consultant and music reviewer for the weekly magazine modeled after Newsweek, La Cronica.

Rodas's poetry and translations by Anglesey have appeared in Athena, Red Bass, Conditions, Crab Creek Review, The Maryland Review, St. Marks Poetry Newsletter, and in the anthologies Woman Who Has Sprouted WingsPoems by Contemporary Latin American Women Poets, Edited by Mary Crow and in Ixok Amar Go Central American Women's Poetry for Peace, edited by Zoe Anglesey.

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