Rosa Alcalá was born in Paterson, New Jersey, to Spanish immigrants.
Alcalá is the author of three books of poetry: Undocumentaries and The
Lust of Unsentimental Waters, both from Shearsman Books (2010 &
2011), and M(y)Other Tongue (forthcoming 2017, Futurepoem Books),
and is the recipient of an NEA Translation Fellowship. Spit Temple:
The Selected Performances of Cecilia Vicuña (Ugly Duckling Presse,
2012), which she edited, was runner-up for a PEN Award for Poetry
in Translation. She lives in El Paso, Texas, where she teaches in the
Department of Creative Writing and Bilingual MFA Program at the
University of Texas–El Paso.