Lorraine Caputo is a travel writer, poet, translator and artist who has journeyed the length and breadth of the Americas since 1988.
Through the expressions of travelogues, poetry, drawing and photography, Lorraine Caputo teaches, affirms and inspires, creating bridges of understanding between cultures, between pueblos.
Ms Caputo has worked in two national parks (Denali and Galápagos) and on volunteer projects in Mexico, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Venezuela, Ecuador and Bolivia. Among her many adventures are hiking the legendary Jungle Trail from Guatemala to Honduras, hitchhiking Chile’s Carretera Austral, exploring over seven dozen archaeological ruins, hopping 100 trains or so, and having a close encounter of the FARC kind.
Her travel tales have been published in international literary journals, and in the anthologies Drive: Women’s True Stories from the Open Road (Seal Press, 2002) and Viva List Latin America (Viva Travel Guides, 2007). On her facebook page, Lorraine Caputo – Latin America Wanderer, she posts thematic travel poetry and photo essays. An on-going personal project is a collection of poems and tales of her train journeys.
She co-authored Viva Travel Guides for Peru, Colombia, Chile and Argentina, and wrote blogs for Viva’s website. Other, more recent travel publication credits include articles for Andes Transit and other websites, as well as Pocket Guide Colombia (Colombian Hostels, 2013, 2015) and South America Borders (Andes Transit, 2015).
Ms. Caputo’s literary works appear in English and Spanish in over 100 journals in Canada, the US, Latin America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia; as well as in chapbooks, anthologies and audio recordings.
In March 2011, the Canadian Parliament Poet Laureate chose her work, “Snow Dreams,” as poem of the month. Caputo also has done more than 200 literary readings from Alaska to Patagonia, and is a prize-winning slam poet.
Caputo was assistant editor and translator for the online arts journal, Australian Latino Review. She has translated the poetry of Cristina Rodríguez Cabral (Uruguay), Diana Vallejo (Honduras), Ana Bergareche (Spain-Mexico), Dolores Herrera (Galápagos), among other writers.
In addition, she is a community arts activist. She co-founded performance artist collectives and organized events in several US states.
Ms Caputo has exhibited her art in Ohio, Alaska, Galápagos and Peru. Her works are in private collections on five continents and in the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo (Chachapoyas, Peru). Her drawings and photography also have been published in literary journals and as chapbook covers.