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Eduardo Espina, PhD

Professor
Department of Hispanic Studies
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, 2010

Eduardo Espina has published a dozen books of poetry, essay and literary criticism, with four more currently in the works. After getting his Ph.D. in Latin America Literature at Washington University-in-St. Louis and teaching at Amherst College, Espina arrived at Texas A&M University in 1987. Currently, he is a professor in the department of Hispanic Studies. During his time at A&M, Professor Espina has been awarded the Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching (2007) and Research (2016). Espina has also taught at Middlebury College. His field of specialization is innovative literatures of the Americas (poetry and essay) XIX, XX and XXI centuries. In an article published in Letras Libres, the most prestigious literary journal in the Spanish speaking world, José Kozer described Espina as “perhaps the most imaginative living poet of our language”. Doctoral dissertations have been written about his works, and extensive academic articles have been published in prestigious academic journals. He is included in The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics (Fourth Edition). Beyond this, Espina’s poetry is studied in universities in Latin America, Europe and United States, and his poems have been translated partially to English, French, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, Albanian, Croatian, Italian and Chinese, with his poetry appearing in more than 40 international anthologies. In 1980, Espina became the first Uruguayan writer invited to participate in the renowned International Writing Program at the University of Iowa. About his most recent book, The Milli Vanilli Condition: Essays on Culture in the New Millennium, the critic and former president of the MLA Marjorie Perloff wrote: “A stunning collection of essays on the absurdities of contemporary life.” In 2010 he obtained the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship.