Catalina Cariaga was born in Los Angeles, California (1958), and received her Bachelors of Music from Mount Saint Mary's College in Los Angeles and her Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. She is a contributing editor of Poetry Flash, A Poetry Review and Literary Calendar for the West. She has taught on the adjunct faculty of the Poetics Program at New College of California in San Francisco. Her poetry has been published in many journals including CHAIN, NEW AMERICAN WRITING and Zyzzyva. CULTURAL EVIDENCE is her first book of poetry. She works for University Relations at U.C. Berkeley and lives in Oakland with her husband Grant Nakamura and their new son Leonardo.