Julieta Almeida Rodrigues
I am a writer, professor, scholar, and interpreter. Raised in Portugal, I earned a Ph.D. at Columbia University, where the renowned Margaret Mead was my dissertation sponsor. I am the author of two collections of short fiction, The Rogue and Other Portuguese Stories and On the Way to Red Square, a fictionalized account of my life in the diplomatic circles of Moscow in the 1980s (New Academia Publishing, Washington DC). I feature below a narrative work about Sintra, Portugal entitled Hora Crepuscular/Drawing Dusk/La Hora Crepuscular (Agir, Execução Gráfica). I am a member of the Pen Club of Portugal, the Fulbright Commission Team of Evaluators in Portugal (2014 Prize for International Cooperation, the Prince of Asturias Foundation), and of CLEPUL, Center for Lusophone and European Literatures and Cultures, Faculty of Humanities, the University of Lisbon. I have taught at the University of Lisbon and at Georgetown University, and have been twice Visiting Scholar at the New School. I have spoken at the Foreign Service Institute, U.S. Department of State, The Chawton House Library in the United Kingdom, The International Conference on the Short Story, The American Portuguese Studies Association, and the Historical Writers of America, among other locations. With a colleague, I run the Guest Speaker Program of the Historical Novel Society New York City Chapter at the Jefferson Market Library.
I recently finished my debut novel, A Most Unusual Request. It is about the unrequited love between two historical figures of the Enlightenment. The characters are Eleonora Fonseca Pimentel, a woman who paid for her revolutionary ideas with her life, and José Correia da Serra, a botanist turned ambassador. Their network of friends and contacts helped shape the modern world and included the gregarious Thomas Jefferson. Before going to the scaffold in 1799, the aristocratic Pimentel asked the High Court of Naples to be beheaded - not hanged - hence the novel's title. The story’s setting shifts between European capitals and Monticello.
I am looking for a literary agent and a publisher for this novel.
Awards and Recognition
- Who’s Who in the Portuguese Communities (Quem é Quem nas Comunidades Portuguesas). Lisbon: Editorial Negócios, 1989