Jaime Robles



College: College of Humanities
Discipline: English
Department: Creative Writing

Jaime Robles took her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley and received an M.A. and M.F.A. in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University, where she studied with Kathleen Fraser, William Dickey and Maxine Chernoff. She co-founded Five Trees Press, an award-winning literary press in San Francisco, and in the 1980s she was poetry acquisitions editor at The Lapis Press, Santa Monica, the press established by the abstract-expressionist painter Sam Francis. She also worked as an editor with the late museum director and art scholar, Dr. Pontus Hulten. Robles was the editor and publisher of Five Fingers Press and Woodland Editions from 2001-2009. Her work is in collections at the Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley; The Beinecke Library, Yale University; The Bender Room, University of San Francisco; Columbia University; and Harvard University, among others. She has received publishing grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities; a fellowship from the Djerassi Resident Artists Program; and a grant from the Fund for Poetry. Her writing has been published in numerous magazines, including Agenda, Conjunctions, First Intensity, New American Writing, Shadowtrain, Stride, and Volt. She has published two volumes of poetry with Shearsman Books in the UK: "Anime, Animus, Anima" (2011) and "Hoard" (2013). She also writes text for both musical and visual settings. With composer Peter Josheff, she premiered the one-act chamber opera "Inferno," June 2009 in Berkeley, California. Their one-act opera, "Diary," was produced in 2004 by Goat Hall Productions in their San Francisco opera theater series, Fresh Voices. In 2011 her one-act opera with composer Ann Callaway, "Vladimir in Butterfly Country," based on Vladimir Nabokov's writings about butterflies, premiered in Berkeley.