Discipline: Literature – nonfiction, Literature – poetry, Literature – translation

Carina del Valle Schorske

Discipline: Literature – nonfiction, Literature – poetry, Literature – translation
Region: New York, NY
MacDowell Fellowships: 2014, 2017, 2020

Carina del Valle Schorske is an essayist, poet, and Spanish language translator living between New York City and San Juan, Puerto Rico. As a freelance magazine writer, Carina has written extensively on experimental art by women of color for many national outlets. She's written Pushcart Prize nominated essays for Lit Hub on the uses of silence as feminist practice in the work of Latin American writers, for the Los Angeles Review of Books on lyric beauty and the history of slavery in the films of Julie Dash, and for the New Yorker's Page-Turner blog on the submerged politics in the poetics of Dulce Maria Loynaz. Her personal essays have appeared in New York Magazine, the New York Times Magazine, and The Point, where she is now a contributing editor.

As a translator, Carina is committed to bringing out-of-print twentieth century Puerto Rican poets back into circulation in both English and Spanish. She won Gulf Coast’s 2016 Prize in Translation for a selection of ten poems by Marigloria Palma. Her other translations and scholarly essays of/on Palma have appeared in Small Axe Salon and Asteri(x) Journal. Carina is active in the Puerto Rican literary community and has collaborated with Raquel Salas Rivera, Ricardo Maldonado, and Erica Mena on an anthology of contemporary Puerto Rican poetry to raise funds for hurricane relief entitled Puerto Rico en mi corazón.

As a poet in her own right, Carina has been published in a wide range of magazines and journals including The Awl, The Cincinnatti Review, The Offing, and Washington Square. Her poetry has been supported with fellowships from the Latinx poetry collective CantoMundo, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Hedgebrook, and the Banff Center for Literary Translation.

Carina is ABD in Columbia's doctoral program in English, sponsored by a fellowship from the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society. Her scholarship focuses on women's performance and multimedia practice in the Americas from Zora Neale Hurston through Ana Mendieta, and her broader interests include Caribbean aesthetics and theory, psychoanalysis, and feminism. She is part of the Women & Performance editorial collective and the Digital Black Atlantic Project working group.

Carina is represented by the Elyse Cheney Literary Agency, and her collection of linked essays on overlooked aspects of Puerto Rican history and culture – The Other Island – is forthcoming from Riverhead.


Phi Beta

Carina del Valle Schorske worked in the Phi Beta studio.

Funded by the Phi Beta Fraternity, a national professional fraternity of music and speech founded in 1912, Phi Beta Studio was built between 1929–1931 of granite quarried on the MacDowell grounds. The small studio is a simple in design, but displays a pleasing combination of materials with its granite walls and colorful slate roofing. Inside is…

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