Aleida Rodríguez is a bilingual poet, essayist, and translator, active since the 1970s. Her collection, Garden of Exile (1999), was chosen by Marilyn Hacker to receive the Kathryn A. Morton Poetry Prize. She was the first woman (as well as Latina and lesbian) to found and publish a literary magazine and press in Los Angeles: rara avis/Books of a Feather. Her work has appeared in many anthologies and journals and she has received numerous awards and fellowships, most recently a 2018-19 City of Los Angeles (C.O.L.A.) Fellowship in Literature. She has taught writing in universities, colleges, high schools, elementary schools, community centers, and the AIDS Unit of a women's prison.