We’re so happy to learn that Luisa Caycedo-Kimura, a poet from the 2012-2013 class, has recently been chosen to be the 2014 John K. Walsh Residency Fellow! She’ll receive a one-month artist residency at the Anderson Center in Red Wing, Minnesota, as well as a travel stipend.
About her path as a writer, Luisa says, “Five years ago, I left my career as an attorney to focus on my writing. It had to be all or nothing. I had no interest in being a hobbyist. In these past few years, wrapped in my writing pursuits, my husband and I shed most of our worldly possessions. We went from a house, to an apartment, to living in a small room. At times the scale backs happened slowly, almost imperceptibly. Other times, they were rapid and harsh… It was a time of molting and growth.”
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Luisa Caycedo-Kimura is a poet, a translator, and a recent graduate of Boston University’s MFA program. She traveled to Spain this past fall as a Robert Pinsky Global Fellow in Poetry. Luisa was born in Colombia and grew up in New York City. A former attorney, she left the legal profession to pursue her passion for writing. Luisa has received various awards for her poetry and was nominated for the 2012 Pushcart Prize. Her poems appear or are forthcoming in Jelly Bucket, Connecticut Review, Louisiana Literature, PALABRA, San Pedro River Review, Crack the Spine, Sunken Garden Poetry 1992-2011, and elsewhere. Her poems have also been included in the writing curricula at colleges and universities.