Carlos Reyes

CARLOS REYES is a noted poet, writer and translator. Of his work Carolyn Kizer has said: "Mr. Reyes is one of our local and national treasures. His poetry is as clear and strong as his social conscience. One is always struck by his sensual and sensory qualities: the touch, taste, feel, color of things, and his ability to capture a mood, a world, in a handful of lines."

Latest book of poetry: The Book of Shadows; New and Selected Poems (2009) . Other recent books: At the Edge of the Western Wave (2004) A Suitcase Full of Crows (1995) (a Bluestem Prize winner and finalist for 1996 Oregon Book Awards). His books of translations: Poemas de la Isla/Island Poems by Josefina de la Torre (Eastern Washington University Press, 2000). Reyes’ translation of the Obra poética completa (Complete Poetic Works) of the preeminent Ecuadorean poet Jorge Carrera Andrade, was published in 2004 in a bilingual edition in Ecuador. He is the publisher/editor of Trask House Books, Inc. In 2007 he was awarded a Heinrich Boll Fellowship to write on Achill Island, Ireland and in 2008 was awarded the Ethel Fortnter Award from St Andrews College. He was recently the poet-in-Residence in the Joshua Tree National Park. Reyes lives in Portland but travels often to Ireland and is a frequent visitor to Spain and Ecuador.

Complete Reading from Mountain Writers Series 2009


from Satyricon Poetry Series, December 5th, 1984

Shot Glass

Trading a Bucket of Water for the Moon

Yupik Shadows