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General Information

Name:  Olivia Maciel  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: 1957 in Mexico City

-- Olivia Maciel on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Maciel lives in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Olivia Maciel resides in Chicago, where she is a lecturer in Spanish and Latin American literature at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She obtained her Bachelor's in Spanish and Latin American Literature from the University of Wisconsin, Master's in Hispanic Studies at the Univesity of Illiois at Chicago and her Ph.D. at the University of Chicago in Romance Languages and Literatures. Maciel has published several books of poetry and is the editor of the poetry anthology ''Astillas de luz/Shards of Light''.

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Titles At Your Library

Saltier Than Sweet: Mas Salado Que Dulce
ISBN: 1877636134

MARCH/Abrazo. 1995

Poetry. "Olivia Maciel has a poet's sensibility and love of language. She seems to have found the proper tension between the tangible and the ethereal. She uses strong images and lines they are concise, almost otherworldly. There is pain in her poems but from a survivor's stance and much love" -Luis J. Rodriguez, author, Always Running.

Filigrana Encendida / Filigree of Light
ISBN: 0967880866

Swan Isle Press. 2002

In Olivia Maciel's Filigree of Light, one enters a lyric of solitude and light, water and wind. Maciel is a poet who has the power to reveal and surprise, bringing one close to things. She approaches the unknown, searching with riddles and reverie.

Limestone Moon : Luna De Cal
ISBN: 0967880807

Swan Isle Press. 2005

In Limestone Moon Olivia Maciel interrogates the inexpressible. Metaphor reaches into a realm of light and darkness to mysteriously converse with the silence enveloping the word. The tinging of this dark light which transcends borders, reveals a vehement and genuine interior, impregnated by the seed of the dream. With almost religious intensity, the poems yield a rare fruit, whose taste evokes the ineffable.

Sombra en plata: poemas / Shadow in Silver: Poems: A Bilingual Edition (Spanish and English Edition)
ISBN: 0974888117

Swan Isle Press. 2005

In her fourth book of poems, Mexican-born Olivia Maciel lyrically evokes another America. She writes with the critical and contemplative eye of a poet, revealing mystery and beauty in places dark and light, near and far. The richly allusive language of Sombra en plata / Shadow in Silver is a terrain at times steep, fevered, and sensual: a harmony of words scented of earth and sky. Her poems are catalysts for transformation, challenging the reader with a vision of a world where myth and the quotidian are intimately intertwined. Exploring complex and unpredictable landscapes, Maciel is both a guide and fellow traveler on a fascinating journey through memories and emotions. Maciel eloquently draws from both collective and personal histories, and this new bilingual compilation will be a pleasure to turn to again and again.


JosÚ MartÝ Literary Award ForeWord's Magazine Silver Award for ''Filigree of Light'' in 2002

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