Carmen Acevedo Vega

Carmen Acevedo Vega

Carmen Acevedo Vega de Idrobo (Guayaquil, July 16, 1913 – Guayaquil, April 28, 2006) was an eminent Ecuadorian poet, writer, and journalist whose literary career spanned several decades. Known for her profound and lyrical verses, Vega delved into themes of social justice, womanhood, and the human condition, making significant contributions to Ecuadorian literature and culture. Through her work in journalism and membership in various cultural and journalistic institutions, she played a pivotal role in the cultural landscape of Ecuador. Vega’s dedication to exploring complex social themes and her involvement in literary and cultural circles have cemented her legacy as a key figure in Ecuadorian literature.

Early Life and Education

Carmen Acevedo Vega, born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, on July 16, 1913, emerged from a lineage rich in literary and cultural heritage. Her father, José L. Acevedo Quiroz, was a notable writer and poet from Quito, while her mother, Obdulia Vega Andrade, hailed from Cuenca. Carmen’s early years were spent on her father’s farm in Naranjal, immersing her in the beauties of nature and the realities of peasant life. This connection to nature and early exposure to the complexities of human emotion would profoundly influence her literary voice.

Despite facing societal prejudices that limited her formal education to elementary studies and a brief stint in high school, Carmen’s passion for literature and the arts was undeterred. She was a multifaceted talent from a young age, excelling in gymnastics and academics, while also being drawn to the theater and literary evenings. Her father played a crucial role in her early literary endeavors, encouraging her to write poems that often explored themes of death and disappointment.

Literary Career

Carmen Acevedo Vega’s literary career took a definitive shape in the 1930s when she began publishing poems in Guayaquil magazines. However, facing the gender biases of the era, she momentarily shifted her focus to music and acting, studying under notable teachers and performing privately. Yet, her literary talent could not be sidelined for long. In 1935, she joined the writing team of “El Universo,” a significant newspaper in Ecuador, marking the beginning of her professional writing and journalistic career.

Carmen’s literary contributions are vast and varied, touching on themes of social injustice, womanhood, and the profound depths of human emotion. Her works such as “Camino sin Retorno,” “Espacio y Luz,” and “Latitud Amarga” showcase her lyrical prowess and deep commitment to social themes. Her poetry and short stories offer a sensitive, rhythmic exploration of life’s complexities, earning her numerous accolades, including the “Medal for Literary Merit” by the Municipality of Guayaquil and the First Class Cultural Merit Award by the Ministry of Education and Culture of Ecuador.

Personal Life and Legacy

Carmen’s personal life was as eventful as her professional one. Her marriage to Vicente Idrovo Valdivieso in 1945 and subsequent divorce in 1953, along with the birth of their son, Luis Galo Idrovo Acevedo, brought significant changes to her life. These experiences, along with the loss of her parents, deeply influenced her writing, adding layers of introspection and empathy to her work.

Memberships and Honors

Carmen’s influence extended beyond her literary achievements. She was an active member of numerous Ecuadorian cultural and journalistic institutions, including the Casa de la Cultura Ecuatoriana and the National Union of Ecuadorian Women. Her memberships reflect her commitment to cultural development and women’s civic training in Ecuador.


Carmen Acevedo Vega’s life and work stand as a testament to the enduring power of literature to reflect and influence society. Her contributions to Ecuadorian literature and culture continue to inspire new generations of writers and artists. Through her poetic and narrative voice, she not only captured the essence of her times but also paved the way for future discussions on gender, culture, and social justice. Carmen Acevedo Vega remains a luminous figure in the literary history of Ecuador, her legacy enduring through her profound and poignant works.


  • In 1952 she received the “Ondas Azuayas” radio station’s Poetry Recital Contest Prize.
  • In 1973 the Municipality of Guayaquil awarded her the “Medal for Literary Merit” in recognition of her cultural and educational work.
  • In 1976 the program Antena Pedagógica named her “Teacher of the Year”.
  • In 1996 she was awarded the First Class Cultural Merit Award, issued by the Ministry of Education and Culture of Ecuador.


  • Camino sin Retorno (1953)
  • Espacio y Luz (1961)
  • Latitud Amarga (1968)
  • Lauros de Guayaquil (1973)
  • En los Horizontes del Paisaje Azul (1978)
  • Perfiles Humanos
  • Alba Eterna
  • Páginas de Ayer
  • Parcela Azul
  • Cantos Dispersos
  • Poemas Nada Más
  • En el Peregrinaje

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