Karina Galvez

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Karina Galvez
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Karina Galvez
Born (1964-07-07) July 7, 1964 (age 53)
Guayaquil, Ecuador
Residence California, US
Nationality Ecuadorian
Citizenship Ecuadorian/American
Occupation Poet
Known for Poesia y Cantares
Children Gabrielle Cobos, Bernardo Cobos, Marcel Cobos
Website www.karinagalvez.com

Karina Galvez (born July 7, 1964) is an Ecuadorian American poet. She was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, July 7, 1964. She lived in California, United States during 1985-2012. Since 2012 she resided in Ecuador, but flew extensively through the world. In 1995, she published her book "Karina Galvez – Poetry and Songs", which includes both English and Spanish versions of her poems and a prologue written by León Roldós Aguilera, former vice-president of Ecuador. In 1996, her "Poem for My Mother" won 2nd place in the annual Latin American poetry contest organized by the "Casa de la Cultura" in Long Beach, CA. She is also a song writer and has written children's poems and short children's stories.

She is a Television presenter for "Mesa de Análisis" on UCSG Television de Ecuador, the tv channel of the Universidad Católica de Santiago de Guayaquil, with interviews about Art and Culture[1]; former radio host of "Garza Roja Cultural" and "Garza Roja Musical" on Ecuador’s Radio Tropicana 96.5 FM, and radio personality for "Artífices" on UCSG Radio 1190 AM in Guayaquil.

She studied economics at the Catholic University of Santiago de Guayaquil and obtained a degree in tourism at California Travel School. Her knowledge of Spanish, English, French, German, Italian and Portuguese allowed her to share her poetry in several languages.[2] She has been a soprano and a talent for voice overs. One of the pioneers of the Ecuadorian American Chamber of Commerce of Los Angeles. Member of the Ibero-American Society of Poetry of Los Angeles. She is a national disaster trainer for the Orange County American Red Cross, member of the Catholic Detention Ministry in Orange County, CA, Member of DMAT CA-1. Community activist. She received a commendation by Mayor James Hahn of Los Angeles, CA, Mayor Miguel Pulido of Santa Ana, CA, and by California Senator Kevin de León. On October 2008 she was part of the Ecuadorian delegation invited by the Vatican to the Canonization of Narcisa de Jesús Martillo and on April 2014, to the Canonization of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II.

Some of her poems may be found in print and/or online in several Hispano-American anthologies of Poetry and Narrative published in Spain, Mexico, El Salvador, Bolivia, Chile, Brazil, Canada, Romania, the U.K., the U.S., Peru, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic and Argentina.[3] Her poems in Spanish have been translated to English, French, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, Bulgarian, Slovakian and Czech.[4] [5]

"The author was also awarded the "Crystal Condor", top recognition granted to Ecuadorians that have excelled outside national borders, at a ceremony known as the "Ecuadorian Achievement Awards".[6] Karina Galvez was interviewed by Cristina Aceves at KMEX "Los Angeles Al Dia" morning show,[7] and portrayed her poetry in KTNQ live radio shows.[8]

In 2011 Karina Galvez was nominated to the First International Medal of Peace and Culture "Presidente Salvador Allende", in Chile.[9] Also in 2011, Galvez, together with musician Pablo Goldstein and painter Luis Burgos Flor, was one of the only three non-Mexican artists to be invited to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the opening of the Consulate General of Mexico in Los Angeles, where her poem "Ave, Mi Guadalupana" debuted with Goldstein playing Franz Schubert's Ave Maria (Schubert) on bandoneón in the background.

In 2016, Karina Galvez along with Toño Escobar from Fundación BienvenidoGYE were David Rockefeller’s hosts and guides on his visit to Guayaquil, Ecuador.

"The Avowal", the English version in micro-theatre format of Karina Galvez’ monologue “I Swear I Will” (about domestic violence) debuted on June 9, 2017 at the CEN (Centro Ecuatoriano Norte-Americano) in Urdesa, Guayaquil.

On October 23, 2017, the Major Council of Chiefs and Communes of Chiloé (in Chiloé Archipelago, in Los Lagos Region, Chile) through Resolution #7, granted Karina Galvez the title of "Williche de Chiloé Por Gracia" (Williche of Chiloé by Grace), to acknowledge her work for Latin American culture and for the Williche people around the world, a title that essentially means that she was received as a member of the Huilliche people.

Although her poetry is mostly romantic, Karina Gálvez often surprises the reader with poems and Prose poetry that reflect an acute perception of social issues like abortion, social class clashes, social turmoil, and lack of tolerance, or with poems of profound historical content, like her epic poem "La Batalla del Pichincha" ('The Battle of Pichincha'), or about Catholic beliefs, like her poem "Ave, Mi Guadalupana" that tells of the apparitions of Our Lady of Guadalupe, or with eco-poems (poems about the ecology), Tongue-twisters, and even 'culinary poems' containing traditional Ecuadorian recipes in rhyme.


"This author was also recognized with the Crystal Condor, top award given at the 'Ecuadorian Achievement Awards' to an Ecuadorian who shines beyond the boundaries of Ecuador".[10] "La autora tambien ha sido reconocida con el Condor de Cristal, maximo galardon otorgado a los ecuatorianos que sobresalen fuera de la frontera nacional, en el certamen conocido como 'Ecuadorian Achievement Awards' ".[6]



Poet Karina Galvez' signature and dedication
  • Poesia y Cantares
  • Poem for my mother (Poema para mi Madre). Premio Casa de la Cultura de Long Beach, 1996.
  • Eres el comienzo y el final de mi poesia. Premio Casa de la Cultura de Long Beach, 1997.
  • Ese, Su Guayaquil Viejo. 1995
  • Como me gustaria.
  • La Batalla del Pichincha.
  • Mis Montañas, las de California.
  • Poesia en el Pent-house.
  • Epicentro.
  • The Earth We Dismembered.
  • Amor a la Ecuatoriana.
  • Ave, Mi Guadalupana.
  • Bienvenido a Guayaquil. Song.
  • Guayalenguas. Tongue-twister.
  • Caldo de Bolas de Verde. Recipe in rhyme.

Poesía y Cantares[edit]

"Poesía y Cantares" ("Poetry and Songs"). Poetry book published in 1995 by Ecuadorian poet Karina Galvez. It contains English and Spanish versions of Galvez' poems. Foreword for the book was written by Leon Roldos Aguilera, former vice-president of Ecuador. 106 pages. Most poems are love poems, but poems about Guayaquil, California, and children's poems were also included.[6]

Children's poems, stories and songs[edit]

  • The Little Southern Star (La Estrellita del Sur).
  • Once upon a time, there was a duck (Habia una vez un pato).
  • El Tornillo de Guayaquil, a fable-poem about a skyrise named "The Point", but known as "El Tornillo" ("The Screw"), in Guayaquil, Ecuador.

Prose poetry[edit]

  • Ecuador que Duele.


  1. ^ Museo Luis A. Noboa Naranjo LANN antología de poemas, Bienal de Poesía Internacional, Ecuador, marzo 2014, Pág 59, "Biografía del Jurado - Karina Galvez"[1]
  2. ^ Poesia dal Sottosuolo [2] June 26, 2015
  3. ^ Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores del Ecuador Archived March 26, 2010, at the Wayback Machine., Boletin Cultural No. 119, 10 de Noviembre, 2009.
  4. ^ E-Lit Journal. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved December 29, 2015. , December 29, 2015.
  5. ^ Diario Expreso. [3], October 19, 2016.
  6. ^ a b c Revista Vanidades Continental, Ecuador, Febrero 1999, Año 39, Numero 5, Pagina 19, "Poesia y Cantares"
  7. ^ KMEX Univision34, Los Angeles, CA, September 1995, "Los Angeles Al Dia" show.
  8. ^ KTNQ 1020AM Radio Station, "Los Desvelados" radio show, 1998.
  9. ^ "Medalla Presidente Salvador Allende". Fundación Salvador Allende. Archived from the original on June 30, 2012. Retrieved September 15, 2012. 
  10. ^ Vanidades Continental Magazine, Ecuador, February 1999, Year 39, Number 5, Page 19, "Poetry and Songs"

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