Carmen Calatayud is the author of In the Company of Spirits (Press 53, 2012), chosen by Pamela Uschuk and William Pitt Root for the Silver Concho Poetry Series. The book was a runner-up for the Academy of American Poets Walt Whitman Award. Calatayud is a Larry Neal Poetry Award winner and the recipient of a Virginia Center for the Creative Arts fellowship. Born to a Spanish father and an Irish mother in the US, she is a poet moderator for Poets Responding to SB1070, a Facebook group created by Francisco X. Alaracón that features poetry and news about the Arizona immigration law, racial profiling, and copycat legislation in other states. Calatayud works as a psychotherapist and additions counselor in DC.