Caraza is a traveler, educator, poet and short story
writer. She was named number one of the 2013 Top Ten
“New” Latino Authors to Watch (and Read) by LatinoStories.com. Originally
from Xalapa,Veracruz, Mexico, she has lived in Vermont and Kansas City. She has
an M.A. in Romance Languages.
She lectures in Foreign Languages and Literatures at the University of
Missouri-Kansas City. Her short story collection, Lo
que trae la marea/ What the Tide Brings In (2013) is from Mouthfeel Press.
Her full-length book of poetry Conjuro (2012) is from Mammoth
Publications and her chapbook Corazón Pintado: Ekphrastic Poems (2012)
is from TL Press. Caraza writes the US
Latino Poets en español column, a collaboration between Letras Latinas and Periódico de Poesía. She won the 2003 Ediciones
Nuevo Espacio international short story contest in Spanish and was a 2008
finalist for the first international John Barry Award. Caraza is an advisory
circle member of the Con Tinta literary organization and a former board member of
the Latino Writers Collective in Kansas City. She has taught in Mexico, Brazil,
China, Spain and the US. Caraza is currently working on a collection of
ekphrastic poems with the artist Juan Chawuk. Her
Day of the Dead Art work has been exhibited at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art,
Kansas City, MO.