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Participant biographies

Elsa Cross

Elsa Cross

Elsa Cross is a Mexican poet, literary critic and university professor. She was awarded the Aguascalientes National Poetry Award; the Jaime Sabines International Poetry Award; the Xavier Villaurrutia Award; and the International Poetry Award Jaime Sabines-Gatien Lapointe. Her works have been published in Belgium, Spain, Canada, and this year two of her works will appear in England and France. Translated into 12 languages, her poems have also been included in a variety of magazines and eighty anthologies in the Americas, Europe and Asia. She is a Professor of Philosohy of Religion, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México-UNAM.


Angie Cruz

Angie Cruz

Angie Cruz is the author of Let It Rain Coffee (2005) and Soledad (2001), both published by Simon & Schuster. She earned her MFA at NYU in 1999. She has contributed shorter works to numerous periodicals including Latina Magazine, Callaloo and New York Times. She has won awards for her writing and/or activist work such as The New York Foundation of The Arts Fellowship, Barbara Deming Award, Yaddo, and The Camargo Fellowship. She currently teaches creative writing at Texas A & M University. She splits her time between, New York, Turin, Italy and College Station, Texas where she is working on her third novel, In Search of Caridad.


Junot Díaz

Junot Diaz

Junot Díaz was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and is the author of Drown and The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao which won the John Sargent Sr. First Novel Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and the 2008 Pulitzer Prize. His fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, African Voices, Best American Short Stories and in The O’Henry Prize Stories 2008.


Alex Espinoza

Alex Espinoza

Alex Espinoza was born in Tijuana, Mexico and raised in suburban Los Angeles. His fiction has appeared in several anthologies and journals, and his essays and reviews have been published at Salon.com, in the New York Times Magazine, in the Los Angeles Times, and as part of Gary Soto’s historic Chicano Chapbook Series. His first novel, Still Water Saints chronicles a year in the life of Agua Mansa, a suburban town east of Los Angeles and west of the desert. Espinoza is an assistant professor of English at Fresno State, where he teaches both creative writing and literature and serves as fiction editor of The Normal School. He is at work on his next novel.


Eric Goodman, Conference Director

Eric Goodman

Eric Goodman is the author of four novels including Child of My Right Hand and In Days of Awe. His essays and articles on culture, food and travel appear frequently in publications including Saveur, Travel & Leisure Golf, Travel & Leisure Southeast Asia, and Departures. Educated at Yale and Stanford University, his work has been recognized by fellowships from the Ohio Arts Council, the Macdowell Colony, the Ragdale Foundation and the Headlands Center for the Arts. He is a professor of English at Miami University and has directed the Creative Writing program since 2001.


Jorge Fernández Granados

Jorge Fernandez Granados

Jorge Fernández Granados has received a number of important Latin American literary awards, including the Jaime Sabines International Prize (1994); the Aguascalientes National Prize (2000); and the Carlos Pellicer Iberoamerican Poetry Award (2008). His published books include: Resurrección (1995), El cristal (2000), Los hábitos de la ceniza (2000), Principio de incertidumbre (2007) and Ghosts of the Palace of Blue Tiles (Tameme, 2008). Some of his poems have been translated into English, French, Macedonian and Chinese.


Arturo Gutíerrez

Arturo Gutierrez

Arturo Gutíerrez is a poet, critic, and professor (Universidad Simón Bolívar, Caracas). He received the Mariano Picón-Salas Poetry Award (1995), and the Spanish-American Poetry Award Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (1999). In 1997, he was awarded by the University of Iowa with the scholarship from the Programa Internacional de Escritores. His publications include Al margen de la hojas (Monte Ávila, 1991), Principios de Contabilidad (México: Conaculta, 2000) and Pasado en limpio (Equinoccio; Bid&Co., 2006).


Carlos Manuel

Carlos Manuel

Carlos holds a MFA degree in Playwriting from Arizona State University, a MA degree in Directing from The University of New Mexico and a BA in Theatre Arts from Santa Clara University. Carlos’ theatre experience ranges from playwriting and directing, to choreographing and acting. He has traveled throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico performing his one-man show, La Vida Loca, and constantly participates in Latina/o and Chicana/o Festivals and/or conferences performing his one-man show, presenting his new work, or giving playwriting workshops. Carlos has one play published, Esno White, a bilingual children’s fairy tale, several shows in production status, and he’s in negotiations to publish a Chicano play anthology with Bilingual Review/Press. He’s currently an Assistant Professor of Theatre and the Director of the Theatre Program at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky.


Carlos Morton

Carlos Morton

Carlos Morton’s professional playwriting credits include the San Francisco Mime Troupe, the New York Shakespeare Festival, the Denver Center Theatre, La Compania Nacional de Mexico, the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre, and the Arizona Theatre Company. Morton’s most recent book is Children of the Sun: Scenes and Monologues For Latino Youth (2008, Players Press). In 2006-2007 he was named Distinguished Fulbright Lecturer to Poland. He is currently Professor of Theater at UC Santa Barbara.


Myriam Moscona

Myriam Moscona

A Mexican poet and journalist, Myriam Moscona was awarded the Aguascalientes National Poetry Award (1988) and a variety of other awards and grants from the Mexican National System of Art Creators. She was the artist in-residence from the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada (2000) and the the recipient of the Guggenheim award in 2006. She has published seven books of poetry, and an anthology of her works, En la superficie azul, was published in Costa Rica in 2008.


Claudia Posadas

Claudia Posadas

Poet, cultural promoter, and scholar (Nacional Council for Culture and Arts of Mexico), Claudia Posadas was awarded the scholarship for Young Creators (2000 and 2005); the scholarship of Fomenting Cultural Projects (2002), and the Artistic Residence in Chile (2008). Her poetry books include Lapis aurea (Chile/Mexico, 2008) and La memoria blanca de los muros (Mexico, 1997). Her poems and interviews with Hispanic American writers have been compiled in publications of Hispanic American cultural sphere.


María Rivera

Maria Rivera

A poet and essayist, María Rivera was born in Mexico City in 1971. Her book Transfer of dominion/power/authority (Editorial Fund Tierra Adentro, 2000 and 2004) was awarded the “National Youth Poetry Award Elías Nandino 2000”; and There are battles (Joaquín Mortiz, 2005) won the National Poetry Award Aguascalientes 2005 and the Rota Award (EDAU, 2006). She received a poetry scholarship by the State Cultural Fund, as well as by the National Fund for Culture and the Arts. Currently she is a member of the National System of Art Creators, and the Cultural Director of the Poet’s House Foundation Ramón López Velarde, in Mexico City.


Armando Romero

Armando Romero

A scholar and a writer, Armando Romero has dedicated his life to the study and practice of literature. He has written poetry, novels and short stories. In 2004 he was invited to read his poetry at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. He holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Latin American Literature from the University of Pittsburgh, and received an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Athens (Greece) in 2008. Hispanic Poetry Review (Texas A&M University) recently published an extensive interview on his work.


Pedro Serrano

Pedro Serrano

Pedro Serrano is a poet, scholar, critic, translator and founding member of the Revista Fractal. He received the Guggenheim Grant in 2007, and has taught at the University of Barcelona and at the University of México. He has published five books of poetry, and has two books forthcoming in 2009 (Nueces and Ronda del Mig). With Carlos López Beltrán, he edited and translated the groundbreaking anthology La generación del cordero: Antología de la poesía actual en las Islas Británicas (The Lamb Generation) which brought together translations o f 30 contemporary British poets (Trilce 2000). His libretto for the opera “Marimbas de l’Exile/El Norte en Veracruz” was first staged in Besançon, France, in January 2000, and then presented in Paris and Mexico.


Víctor Toledo

Victor Toledo

Poet, translator, critic, and professor (Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla-BUAP), Víctor Toledo won the Nacional Prize for Young Poetry, INBA in 1983, and the Medal of “Presidential Honor Pablo Neruda”, Chile, 2004. He is the scholarship holder of the Mexican Center of Writers in Bellas Artes as well as CONACULTA. He has published numerous creative and critical works, most recently El Retorno órfico. Aportaciones al análisis métrico-musical, BUAP, 2008.


Rodrigo Toscano

Rodrigo Toscano

Rodrigo Toscano is the author of To Leveling Swerve, Platform, The Disparities, and Partisans. His new book, Collapsible Poetics Theater, was a National Poetry Series selection for 2007. Toscano is also the writer and artistic coordinator for the Collapsible Poetics Theater (CPT). Toscano writes and publishes poetic works in Spanish. His writing has also been translated into French, German, Catalonian, and Italian. Toscano is originally from San Diego, California. He has been based in Brooklyn for over nine years, and works in Manhattan at the Labor Institute.


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