Carolyn Tipton

Carolyn Tipton

Poet and translator

About Carolyn Tipton

Carolyn L. Tipton is a poet, translator, and teacher, known for her prize-winning translations of the work of the Spanish poet, Rafael Alberti.

Born and raised in Berkeley, California, she earned a Master’s Degree in English/Creative Writing from Stanford University and a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Berkeley, where she currently teaches in the Fall Program for Freshmen. She also taught at the University of Hawai’i, Manoa, and at San Francisco State University.

Carolyn’s first book of translations of the poetry of Rafael Alberti, To Painting (Northwestern University Press), won the National Translation Award.  It was also a finalist for the P.E.N. West Award in Literary Translation and was selected by Poet Laureate Robert Hass for Poet’s Choice (first a column in the Washington Post, and later an anthology published by Ecco Press). Her second book of Alberti translations, Returnings: Poems of Love and Distance (White Pine Press), was awarded the Cliff Becker Translation Prize in 2016.

Carolyn was able to work personally with the poet Rafael Alberti during numerous visits to Madrid where she also lectured on Alberti’s work at the Center for International Studies and directed a symposium honoring Alberti at Madrid’s Instituto Internacional. Subsequently, she has published both translations and original poetry in various journals, including Partisan Review and Two Lines, and in anthologies, including Norton’s World Poetry: An Anthology of Verse from Antiquity to Our Time and European Romantic Poetry.

A Founding Member of the Advisory Council to the Banff International Literary Translation Centre, Carolyn served on the Executive Board of the American Literary Translators Association. She has been awarded writing residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and at the Leighton Studios at the Banff Centre. She has given readings of her poems and translations in the U.S., Mexico, Canada, and Spain.

For her work, she has won grants from both the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts.  Her translation of Rafael Alberti’s poem “Renoir” was named in The Pushcart Prize, IV: Best of the Small Presses.


Upcoming Events

June 12, 2017: 7:00pm
Carolyn Tipton reads from Returnings: Poems of Love and Distance, with Anthony Geist reading from his translation-in-progress of Rafael Alberti’s Rome, Dangerous for Pedestrians.

Venue: The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 10th Avenue
Seattle, Washington 98122

July 2017: Date to be announced
Congreso Internacional de ALDEEU (Spanish Professionals in the United States), Zamora, Spain.

Carolyn Tipton performs bilingual readings from both of her award-winning translations of Rafael Alberti, Returnings and To Painting and participates in a panel discussion on the topic of “What’s Found in Translation.”

October 5-8, 2017: Date and time to be announced
Carolyn Tipton reads from from Returnings at the ALTA conference.

Venue: American Literary Translators Association (ALTA) Annual Conference
Minneapolis, Minnesota

October 24, 2017: 5:30pm
Carolyn Tipton reads from Returnings with Stephen Kessler reading from his translation of Luis Cernuda’s Forbidden Pleasures.

Venue: University Press Books
2430 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, California 94704


Recent Events

March 9, 2017: 8:00pm
Carolyn Tipton reads from Returnings.

Venue: College of Marin
104 Academic Center
College of Marin
San Rafael, California

February 10, 2017: 12:00pm
Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Conference 2017

Panel Discussion and Reading: “A Celebration of the Cliff Becker Book Prize in Translation”
Carolyn Tipton joins Dennis Maloney and James Kates to discuss Cliff Becker Prize for translation and to read from her prize-winning translation of Rafael Alberti, Returnings: Poems of Love and Distance.

Venue: AWP 2017 Washington Convention Center
801 Mt. Vernon Place NW
Level 2, Room 203AB
Washington, DC

January 11, 2017: 6pm
Carolyn Tipton reads from her new book of Rafael Alberti translations, Returnings. Details

Venue: Mills College
Mills Hall Living Room
Mills College
October 29, 2016: 4-6pm
Carolyn Tipton reads alongside poet and translator Stephen Kessler.

Venue: Felix Kulpa Gallery and Sculpture Garden
107 Elm Street
Santa Cruz, California

November 17, 2016: 7:30pm
Carolyn Tipton reads with poets Stephen Kessler and Dan Bellm.

Venue: Moe’s Bookstore
2476 Telegraph Avenue
Berkeley, California

Friday, November 18: 7:30 p.m
Carolyn Tipton reads from Returnings, with music by Shay Black and flamenco guitar by Jeff Wong.

Venue: a private home in North Berkeley.
Note: Limited seating for this event.
For reservations, contact Carolyn Tipton:
October 29, 2016: 4-6pm
Carolyn Tipton reads alongside poet and translator Stephen Kessler.

Venue: Felix Kulpa Gallery and Sculpture Garden
107 Elm Street
Santa Cruz, California

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