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Upon re-declaring her independence at age 29, Lorraine Caputo packed her trusty Rocinante (so her knapsack's called) and began traipsing throughout the Americas, from Alaska to Patagonia. When she is not travelling and writing, Lorraine works as a freelance researcher, editor, translator and radio programmer—as well as the occasional odd hotel chambermaid and dishwasher. She would never leave home without her “traveling books of poetry”—six small notebooks, hand-bound with old shoelaces—to fill them with more stories and poems of places and people she comes to know and to share whenever, wherever she may. Lorraine and Rocinante have been living and working in Latin America since 2002.
Lorraine Caputo's literary works have appeared in over 70 journals in Canada, US and Latin America; travel writings in several journals and the anthology "Drive: True Women's Tales from the Open Road" (Seal Press, 2002); 18 books, including seven chapbooks of poetry ("Andina Aquarelles, published by Snark in 2003, is a collection of poems about Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia); and three sound recordings. She has done over 200 poetry readings from Denali to Patagonia. Her poems have been described as "travel poetry."
Patience, patience—you get there when you get there.
A certain working-class hotel in Mexico City.
Returning to the US.
Patience, patience—you get there when you get there.
To travel the African continent by train.
Almost every country between Alaska and Argentina—several times.
Wherever the wind takes me.
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