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CAROLINA HOSPITAL is a poet, essayist, and author, writer of several books, including three poetry collections, Myth America (Anhinga Press), a collaboration with Maureen Seaton, Holly Iglesias, and Nicole Hospital-Medina, Key West Nights and Other Aftershocks (Anhinga Press), and The Child of Exile: a Poetry Memoir (Arte Público Press); the novel A Little Love, under the pen name C. C. Medina (Warner Books); and No Excuses! A Brief Survival Guide to Freshman Composition (Sonoran Desert Books). She edited Los Atrevidos: Cuban American Writers (Linden Lane Press) and A Century of Cuban Writers in Florida (Pineapple Press). She also co-translated the poetry collection by Tania Díaz Castro, Everyone will Have to Listen (Linden Lane Press), and participated with 13 South Florida authors in the New York Times’ best-selling novel Naked Came the Manatee (G. P. Putnam's Sons). Her work has appeared in numerous national publications, such as the Norton Anthology of Latino Literature; Raising Lilly Ledbetter: Women Occupy the Workplace; Bedford/St. Martin’s Florida Literature, and Longman’s Literature: An Introduction to Reading and Writing. She teaches at Miami Dade College, where she has been awarded three Endowed Teaching Chairs.

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Key West Nights and Other Aftershocks

March 2019

Carolina Hospital’s newest work entrances the reader with a lyrical exploration of love and loss, danger and beauty, memory and oblivion. Key West Nights and Other Aftershocks is the work of a mature artist, sure of her voice, grounded in the mysteries of the tropics and its many languages. Seldom do we witness what is found here, such as the well-tested tenderness of a long marriage (“the valley that is his life and mine”), or the insistent confidence (“Listen/Listen/Oyeme”) in the perspective of what Gustavo Pérez-Firmat calls “life on the hyphen.” Muriel Rukeyser claimed that, were a woman to tell the truth about her life, “the world would split open.” Key West Night and Other Aftershocks is evidence of that, manifesting the reverberations of such a powerful opening.

— Holly Iglesias (author of Sleeping Things, Press 53, 2018)

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