Professor Carmen Valle
» Spring 2001
Spring 2001 Scholar on Campus Carmen Valle has been a language and literature professor in City Tech's Department of Humanities since 1978. She later became coordinator of the department's Puerto Rican Studies & Foreign Language Program. Valle received her baccalaureate and master's degrees in Spanish and Latin American literatures from the University of Puerto Rico and her PhD from The City University of New York Graduate Center's Department of Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures.
Valle's numerous published books of poetry include Un poco de lo no dicho (A little of what is not said), De todo da la noche al que la tienta (The night gives all to those who tempt it), Desde Marruecos te escribo (From Morocco I write), Glenn Miller y varias vidas después (Glenn Miller and a few lives afterwards), Entre la vigilia y el sueño de las fieras (Wild animals between waking and dreaming) and Preguntas (Questions). Diarios robados (Stolen diaries), her book of short stories, was published in Buenos Aires in 1982.
At the time of her selection as Scholar on Campus, Valle had just completed a new volume of poetry, Haiku de Nueva York (New York Haiku), and was working on another, trashumante (loosely translated as "nomads"). Internationally recognized, her work is included in several anthologies in the United States, Latin America, Ireland and Spain, as well as in numerous poetry journals worldwide. She has read her poetry on radio and at various branches of the New York Public Library, Americas Society, Poetry Society of America and on college campuses, both here and in Puerto Rico.
Valle has taught poetry workshops in Puerto Rico, as well as at Elders Share the Arts and the St. Mark's Poetry Center, both in New York City. She is a board member of Teachers and Writers, an organization that connects poets with New York City's public schools. As editor of Ediciones Mínimas (Minimal Editions) in New York, she was co-editor of the "Nosotras: Latina Literature Today" issue of Bilingual Review and co-editor for three years of Ventana, a poetry journal published in Puerto Rico.
Over the years Valle has presented papers and talks on such topics as "El discurso homoerótico en Porfirio Barba Jacob" ("The homoerotic discourse of Porfirio Barba Jacob"), a Colombian poet of the early 20th century, "Tongue-less or Double Tongued: The Experience of Latin American Poetry in the U.S" and "La que escribe sucede que es mujer y se cansa pero de los estereotipos" ("The writer is a woman and she's tired of being stereotyped") at the Carolina Conference in Romance Literatures (University of North Carolina), The Poetry Project Symposium (New York City) and Festival of Women Writers (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic), respectively.
In addition to reading from her poetry during her Scholar on Campus Lecture, Valle lectured on "Map of Words," her musings on the artistic process. "Nothing disturbs a poet more than words; nothing makes a poet happier," she proclaimed, adding that she was "very passionate about literature and art and how they nurture our intellect and understanding of our surroundings."