Modern Language Department
Roanoke College
221 College Lane
Salem, VA 24153
(540) 375-2061


Department of English
University of North Florida
1 UNF Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32224-7699
(904) 620 1245


Ph.D. Latin American Literature
University of Kentucky, 2001

M.A. Latin American Studies and Spanish Literature
Ohio University, 1995

B.A. English
Universidad Veracruzana, 1985

Ph.D. Comparative Literature
Indiana University, 1997

M.A. Comparative Literature
University of Arkansas, 1990

B.A. English
University of the South, 1982


Roanoke College
Professor, Latin American Literature

Universidad Autónoma de Veracruz (UPAV)

Universidad Veracruzana: Inglés

University of North Florida
Professor and Chair, Department of English

Universidad de las Américas Puebla
2016, Fulbright-Robles Chair

Roanoke College: Assistant Professor, English


(Prior to our collaboration on Gulf Literatures and Cultures)

Cruz y espada en la obra de Rosario Ferré  y Mayra Montero (with Alejandra Rengifo Muňoz)
Ciudad Juarez: Universidad de Ciudad Juarez, 2010

Sacral Grooves, Limbo Gateways
Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2013

Reading Africa into American Literature
Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2002


(Across the Gulf of Mexico)


“Engulfed in the Fiesta”: Mexico & the Gulf Shores of Cornbread Nations.
Current book manuscript.

[Co-edited Work]

“Yucatec Maya Poetry Selections” (Seven poems by seven poets), translated from Yucatec Maya,
Native South, Vol 12 (2019): 107-112.

“Gulf Writing—Mexico, the US South, and Cuba.” Special section of World Literature Today,
September-October, 2016. 44-61.

[Documentary Film]

El grito de Yanga: Una película de Veracruz. 2018. 25 minutes.


Nov 1, Birmingham, Alabama (USA), South Atlantic Modern Language Association

Nov 17, Yanga , Veracruz (MEX), Ayuntamiento de Yanga, Veracruz


Jan 9, Mendoza, Veracruz (MEX), Ayuntamiento de Ciudad Mendoza, Veracruz

Feb 22, Jacksonville, Florida (USA), International Studies Seminar, University of North Florida

May 17, Puebla, Puebla (MEX), II Congreso Internacional Luz, Ciencia y Arte, facultad de ciencias Físico-Matamáticas,  Benemérita Univ. Autónoma de Puebla

June 7, Santa Marta (COLOMBIA), Film Track, 44th Annual Caribbean Studies Association Conference

Sept 25, Cholula, Puebla (MEX), Departamento de Antropología, Universidad de las Americas Puebla

Nov 7, Salem, Virginia (USA), Roanoke College, Department of Modern Languages


Feb 15, St. Augustine, Florida (USA), Corazon Cinema and Café

Feb 20, Oxford, Mississippi (USA), Center for the Study of Southern Culture, University of Mississippi

Apr 1, Jacksonville, Florida (USA), Robinson Theater, Movies on the House, University of North Florida

April 5, New Orleans, Louisiana (USA), Multiethnic Literatures of the United States Annual Conference

April 7, Havana (CUBA), Festival Internacional de Música y Poesía, Fundación Nicolás Guillén

April 23 or 24 (TBD), Campeche (MEX), XXII Congreso Internacional de la Asociación Mexicana de Estudios del Caribe

[Our Articles & Book Chapters]

“Notes from the Field — Yum Cháak (Sacred Rain) and ‘The Little Droplet of Water.’” Native South, Vol. 12, 2019: 99-106.

“Fabula.” Solicited for New Literary History 50.2 (2019). Special Issue “In Brief,”
edited by Irina Dumitrescu and Bruce Holsinger.

“The Scaly Bird Sings ‘Remember Me:’ Gulf Fiestas of the Dead and Tribalography in Jesmyn Ward’s Sing, Unburied, Sing.”
Forthcoming in a special issue on Jesmyn Ward in Xavier Review, 38.2 (2018): 140-154.

“Feeding the Gulf Dead: An Ofrendaof Response to Brenda Marie Osbey’s All Saints and All Souls.
The Southern Quarterly 55.4 (Summer 2018). p. 163-178.
***Reprinted in Summoning Our Saints: The Poetry and Prose of Brenda Marie Osbey.
Ed. John Lowe. New York: Lexington Books, forthcoming 2019.

“ ‘Engulfed in the Fiesta’: Thinking of Barbacoa, South across Gulfs to the Rhythm of Maracas in the Time of Trump."
The Australasian Journal of American Studies 36.2 (2017): 11-34.

“El Sur Profundo: Alternative Soundings of the South.”
south: a scholarly journal 48.1, Fall. 92-107.

“Between Covergirl and Chloroform-Cauliflower: The Re-creation of the Female Character in ‘Amalia’ by Rosario Ferré and Amour by Marie Vieux-Chauvet.”
Transcultural Roots Uprising: The Rhizomatic Languages, Literatures, and Cultures of the Caribbean.
Eds. Nicolas Faraclas, et al. Willemstad: University of Curaçao, 2013. 469-477.

[Our Invited Presentations]

“Expanding the Fiesta: Roanoke College’s Indigenous and International Education Legacy, 1870-2017.”
Copenhaver Lecture. Roanoke College. Salem, VA, April 5, 2017.

“ ‘Engulfed in the Fiesta:’ Reading the Gulf and Our Souths at the Rhythm of Maracas in the Time of Trump.”
5th Annual Barbara Methvin Lecture in Southern Studies, University of Georgia. Athens, GA, March 23, 2017.

“El Golfo de México: Fiesta de olas y puentes culturales en ecos histórico-literarios,”
Departamento de letras, humanidades e historia del arte, Universidad de las Américas Puebla.
Cholula, Mexico, November 23, 2016.

“ ‘The More I Try Not to Think of Barbacoa, the More It Comes up’—Gulf Worlds, Gulf Flesh, and Southern Bedevilments of Perspective.”
Regionalizing American Studies Conference, the U.S. Studies Centre at the University of Sydney.
Sydney, Australia, August 8-9, 2016.

[Conference Presentations]

The Society for the Study of Southern Literature Conferences in Arlington, Virginia (2014); Boston, Massachusetts (2016); and Austin, Texas (2018).

The Caribbean Studies Association Conference in Mérida, Yucatán (2014) and Santa Marta, Colombia (2019).

The Islands in Between (Eastern Caribbean Studies) Conference in Limón, Costa Rica (2015).

The Multiethnic Literatures of the United States Conference in Athens. Georgia (2015).

The Mexican Association of Caribbean Studies Conferences in Veracruz (2016) and Merida (2018).

The South Atlantic Modern Language Association Conference in Birmingham, Alabama (2018).

Congreso Internacional Luz Ciencia Arte II-CILCA, Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, México (2019).