Can Anyone Write Poetry?: Thoughts on Teaching and Writing
Poetry / Teaching / Translation

Can Anyone Write Poetry?: Thoughts on Teaching and Writing

On Sunday, December 4, 2011, I was invited to participate in a community panel at Wachtung Booksellers, in Montclair, NJ. It was a perfect afternoon for talking about poetry with other writer/teachers at a beautiful bookstore and a gathering of artists, poets, and readers. Marina Cramer, a writer herself, and gracious host and coordinator of … Continue reading

Ernesto Sábato: His Indelible Vision of Latin America May Have Been What We Could Not See
Crítica literaria / Fiction / Latin American / Spanish / Teaching / Translation

Ernesto Sábato: His Indelible Vision of Latin America May Have Been What We Could Not See

 Last semester, Fall 2010, when I taught Latin American Literature at the JSM Institute/CUNY, I reviewed my syllabus for this course very carefully, as it is one I love to teach. I love it because the span of growth of LatinAm Lit swells in late 19th and 20th centuries, and encompasses my favorite writers, my … Continue reading

Crítica literaria / Fiction / Teaching

From Guillermo Cabrera Infante to Mario Vargas Llosa: The Language of our Childhood

There are probably few periods of time in our lives as indelible as the years we spend with a group of friends, siblings, cousins, a group of original beings about the same age, whose speech is unique, and with whom we share a language created and understood only by ourselves. If we are fortunate, we … Continue reading

Crítica literaria / Fiction / Teaching

Julio Cortázar: Narrador y protagonista – or, Actor/Director?

La noche boca arriba (The Night Face Up) [Seix Barral, 1983] is one of Cortázar’s best-loved short stories. The majority of his short fictions are so well known, in fact, that one could have a conversation with friends fondly recalling plots and characters as if reminiscing about a friend’s exploits during his wilder days (…remember … Continue reading

Teaching Latin American Literature-Undressing Your Pedagogy
Crítica literaria / Fiction / Spanish / Teaching / Translation

Teaching Latin American Literature-Undressing Your Pedagogy

Teaching Writing to Writers: When I taught in the MFA Creative Writing program at Goddard College,  one of my specialties was to give the Critical Writing workshops that students would attend to learn how to write their long critical thesis (at least 20 pp), and the weekly annotations on all the books they read throughout … Continue reading

Writing at Night – Inhabit the Canons: Thoughts About the Queer “I” in Latin American Literature
Crítica literaria / Fiction / Teaching / Translation / Uncategorized

Writing at Night – Inhabit the Canons: Thoughts About the Queer “I” in Latin American Literature

In every language there is the presence of all its history, carrying with it the tales of its conquest and vanquishing, its periods of enrichment and periods of impoverishment. In the omissions of a language we hear the silences it has brought about on others, and in its eloquence, the story of the way its … Continue reading