Lisa Alvarado

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General Information

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Name: Lisa Alvarado

Pen Name: None

Genre: Poetry & Fiction

Born: 1956 in Chicago, Illinois



Illinois Connection

Alvarado was born in Chicago, Illinois

Biographical and Professional Information

Lisa Alvarado's Publications include: 2011 Still, life, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2011 2008 Raw Silk Suture, Floricanto Press, excerpts featured in OCHO, February 2008 2007 La Bloga, and, online literary criticism, book reviews, interviews, cultural commentary (, and 2006 Sister Chicas, Penguin/NAL (written with Ann Hagman Cardinal and Jane Alberdeston Coralin) 2004 Mexico, 90 days and counting, poetry, Derriva, journal, Mexico City, D. F. 2000 Dark Water Speaking, poetry, Editor 1999 Housekeeper's Diary, poetry 1995 Reclamo/Reclamation, poetry

Education: B.A. in Writing Vermont College M.F.A. in Interdisciplinary Arts Goddard College Vermont

Work Experience:

2008/2009 Adjunct Faculty, English Department/Columbia College Chicago 2008 Adjunct Faculty, English Department/North Park University Designed syllabus for and taught the following: Introduction to Poetry and Introduction to Creative Writing, respectively. Syllabi covered both survey courses and writing instructional intensives. Conversant with Oasis and Blackboard interfaces.

1995-present: Founder & Publisher, La Onda Negra Press, Chicago IL La Onda Negra is an award-winning Chicago-based independent press exclusively devoted to expanding the local and national markets for the work of women writers of color. Responsible for project development, project management, editing, layout and design, national marketing and promotion. Secured in depth profiles and interviews in The Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Sun-Times, and Latino USA/NPR; in addition to six interviews/readings for 848/NPR, through press releases, email blasts, and personal cultivation. La Onda Negra is the only press with a mission of its kind in the Midwest and only one of three in the entire country. To date, its three publications include Reclamo/Reclamation, a volume of poetry by the founder; Housekeeper's Diary, a chapbook of poetry, also by the founder; Dark Water Speaking, the first anthology of Chicago-area female poets of color, in development.

Media Coverage:

Featured interviews, profiles, and by-lines in the following: USA Today, The Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Sun-Times, Latino USA/NPR, Latina Magazine, Estylo, Latina Style, Catalina, The Writer Magazine, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Chicago Tribune, Univision, FOX-TV Channel 32, WGN-TV.

Published Works

  • Reclamo, LaOnda Negra Press, 1994
  • The Housekeeper`s Diary, LaOnda Negra Press, 1999
  • Sister Chicas, NAL Trade, 2006 - written with Ann Hagman Cardinal and Jane Alberdeston
  • Raw Silk Suture, Floricanto Press, 2008
  • Still, life, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2011

Titles at Your Library

Sister Chicas

ISBN: 0451217705
Release Date: 2006-04-04

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Raw Silk Suture

ISBN: 1888205067
Release Date: 2008-07-11

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Still, Life.

ISBN: 1467909408
Release Date: 2011-11-05

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Literary Awards

  • Sister Chicas won 2nd place Best First Novel in English (Latino Literacy Now/2007)
  • One of ten artists selected from a pool of 250 applicants, awarded a Regional Artists Program Grant from The National Endowment for the Arts in 1996.
  • Awarded full writer's residency and scholarship, Ledig House International Writer's Residency, Art/Omi International Arts Center in 2006.
  • One of five artists receiving a City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs Community Arts Assistance Program Grant three years in a row, 1995, 1996, 1997, with an additional award in 1999.
  • Awarded full writer's residency and scholarship, Ragdale Foundation in 1995.

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)

External Links

Lisa Alvarado on WorldCat


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