About Jose B. Gonzalez
reflections on Brown Nation
keynotes, speeches &
readings with energy
Biography & Speaker Information
Jose B. Gonzalez is the author of the poetry collection, Toys Made of Rock. He was born in San Salvador, El Salvador, and immigrated to New London, Connecticut at the age of eight. A 2012 Fulbright Scholar to Spain, he has been the recipient of such honors as the 2009 American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education Outstanding Latino Faculty of the Year Award, Connecticut's Higher Education Multicultural Faculty of the Year Award and has published poetry in such journals as Callaloo, The Teacher's Voice, Palabra, Acentos Review, Calabash and Colere, and anthologies including Coloring Book, Nantucket: A Collection, and Latino Boom: An Anthology of U.S. Latino Literature, which he also co-edited. His workwas most recently included in a special edition of OCHO featuring Latino poets. His first collection of poetry (currently untitled) is scheduled to be published by Bilingual Press in 2013. He was the recipient of the 2006 Poet of the Year Award presented by the New England Association of Teachers of English. In addition, he has contributed critical and nonfiction essays to such journals as New England Quarterly and to National Public Radio. He has been featured in the nationally syndicated show, American Latino TV, as well as Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education.
Jose infuses his presentations with a mix of poetry, humor, and social commentary. He holds a Master’s in Teaching in English from Brown University and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Rhode Island. He has presented at various conferences, schools and colleges such as Cornell University, Yale University, Harvard University, Wright State University, University of Connecticut, Eastern Connecticut State University, Connecticut College, Boston College, and he has been keynote speaker for a number of Hispanic Heritage Month events. For information on scheduling him for a speaking engagement, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
He is available for the following keynote lectures, presentations, and workshops (as well as for poetry readings):
* From No-English to
Professor of English: What Educators Should Know About a Former ESOL
Notable Readings or Presentations:
Speaker, University of Florida, Hispanic Heritage Month
* Featured Panelist, Connecticut Book Festival
* Keynote Speaker, Cornell University--Latino Ivy League Conference
* Keynote Speaker, Del Mar College, Corpus Christi, TX, Hispanic Heritage Month
* Featured Speaker, Harvard University 2010 East Coast Chicano Student Forum Conference
* Featured Speaker, Three Rivers Community College, CT
* Featured Poet, Julia de Burgos Park Featured Poet
Speaker, Pittsburg State
University, KS, Hispanic Heritage Month
* Featured Poet, Expressiones Cultural Center, New London, CT
Poet, Julia De Burgos Anniversary Celebration
* Featured Poet. New York Bowery Poetry Club, NY. Acentos Review Anniversary
* Keynote Speaker, Hispanic Heritage Month, Allegheny College, PA
Reader, AWP ACENTOS: A Gathering and Celebration of Latino and Latina Poets.
February, 2008. Readers included Scheduled readers include
Martin Espada, Rafael Campo, Aracelis Girmay, Willie Perdomo. Hosted by Rich
*Keynote Speaker, Hispanic Heritage Month, Wright State University
* Featured Poet, Connecticut College
Picture of Escuela Urbana Edelmira Molina in El Salvador,
the first school Jose B. Gonzalez attended
"Latino Gives Keynote Address"
* "The Buzz: Jose B. Gonzalez"
* "Professor Wins Faculty of Year Award"
* "Library Highlights Diversity"
* "New London High Grad Earns Fulbright Scholarship"
Samples of his Work:
* NPR All Things Considered: “The Bilingual Conundrum”
* Audio: "Autobrownography of a New England Latino"
* Video: New London High School Commencement Speech
* Video: CT Immigrant Day Ceremony Keynote Speech
* Text Version of "Autobrownography"
|At the Acentos Madre of All Latino Poetry Readings, February 1st, 2008 at El Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños at Hunter College. Photo by poet and artist, Oscar Bermeo. L-R: Louis Reyes Rivera, Raquel Rivera, Emily Perez, Urayoán Noel, elena minor, Sheryl Luna, Roberto Tejada, Xochiquetzal Candelaria, Blas Falconer, Diana Marie Delgado (foreground), Rodrigo Toscano, Sandra Garcia Rivera, Suzanne Frischkorn (obscured), Rosa Alcalá , Francisco Aragón, Javier Huerta, Eduardo C. Corral, Fish Vargas, Peter Ramos (background), Sandra Maria Esteves, Mundo Rivera, Raina León, Maria Nieves, Eliel Lucero, Rafael Campo, Curator & Host- Rich Villar, Martín Espada, Jose B. Gonzalez (foreground), Brenda Cardenas, Willie Perdomo, and Aracelis Girmay. (Featured reader not in photo: Edwin Torres.)|
|John S. Christie, Ph.D., is the author of Latino Fiction and the Modernist Imagination, published originally in 1998 by Garland Press and now available for free on this site. Dr. Christie teaches at Capital Community College in Hartford, Connecticut. He has contributed articles and reviews to the academic journals Latin American Literary Review and American Fiction Studies, guest edited a special issue on Latino Literature for the journal LIT: Literature, Interpretation, Theory , and has served as book review editor for the journal MELUS (Multiethnic Literature of the United States).|
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