Carolina De Robertis

Photo of Carolina De Robertis by photographer Lori Eanes
Associate Professor
Advisor, Thesis Reader
Phone: 
(415) 338-1550
Building: Humanities Building
Room Number: 349
Office Hours: 
Tuesday: 12:00 pm-4:00 pm

Biography

A writer of Uruguayan origins, Carolina De Robertis is the author of the novels Cantoras (2019)winner of a Stonewall Book Award and a Reading Women Award, a finalist for the Kirkus Prize and a Lambda Literary Award, and a New York Times Editors’ Choice; The Gods of Tango (2015), winner of a Stonewall Book Award; Perla (2012); and the international bestseller The Invisible Mountain (2009), which received Italy’s Rhegium Julii Prize and was a finalist for a California Book Award, an International Latino Book Award, and the VCU Cabell First Novel Award. Her books have been translated into seventeen languages and have received numerous other honors, including a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. She is editor of the anthology Radical Hope: Letters of Love and Dissent in Dangerous Times (2017), which features essays of resistance from leading writers and thinkers.

 

De Robertis is also a literary translator of six Latin American and Spanish novels, including The Divine Boys by Laura Restrepo, winner of the Premio Córdoba por la Paz; Surrender by Ray Loriga, winner of the Alfaguara Prize; and Bonsai by Alejandro Zambra, which was named one of the Ten Best Translated Books of the Year by Three Percent. Her literary translations have also appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Granta, Zoetrope: All-Story, McSweeney’s, a United Nations anthology of happiness poetry, and Resistencia: Poems of Protest and Revolution. Prior to publishing her first book, De Robertis worked in non-profit organizations for ten years, with a focus on women’s and immigrants’ rights. In 2017, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts named De Robertis on its 100 List of “people, organizations, and movements that are shaping the future of culture.” A writer of Uruguayan origins, she makes her home in Oakland, California, with her wife and two children.

Photo Credit Lori Eanes