José B. González, Founder, Editor, and Keynote Speaker
José B. González has been a featured speaker at colleges, universities, and organizations throughout the U.S. and abroad. He infuses his presentations with a mix of poetry, humor, and social commentary. The author of the International Latino Book Award finalists, Toys Made of Rock and When Love Was Reels, he was born in San Salvador, El Salvador, and immigrated to New London, Connecticut at the age of eight. Contact him at [email protected] or find out more at JoseBGonzalez.Com. He is available for the following presentations:
* Flipping the Narrative: The Resilience of Latino Populations
* From No-English to Professor of English: Lessons from Being Falling to Rising
* Latino, Hispanic, Latinx, Latin American: And What Difference Does It Make Anyway? (Ideal for Hispanic Heritage Month and other culture-themed functions)
* Poetry Readings and Customized Presentations
A Fulbright Scholar, he has been the recipient of such honors as the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education Outstanding Latino Faculty of the Year Award, Connecticut’s Higher Education Multicultural Faculty of the Year Award. He been anthologized in The Norton Introduction to Literature, Wandering Song: Central American Writing in the United States and Theatre Under My Skin: Contemporary Salvadoran Poetry. He is the co-editor with John S. Christie of Latino Boom: An Anthology of U.S. Latino Literature. 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. Here are some examples of where he has been featured:
* Featured Speaker: University of Florida
* Featured Speaker: Rutgers University
* Keynote Speaker, Pennsylvania Migrant Education Program and ESL Conference. Harrisburg. PA.
* Keynote Speaker, Brown Brothers, Harriman Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration. New York.
* Featured Poet (with Hieu Minh Nguyen, Tarfia Faizullah, and Emmy Perez), Poetry & Migration Poetry Series, Poetry Foundation, Chicago, IL. Co-sponsored by Letras Latinas and Kundiman
* Featured Poet, Busboys and Poets, co-sponsored by Letras Latinas and Split This Rock
* Featured Poet, Smithsonian National Museum of African Art. Smithsonian Latino Center Young Ambassadors Program. Washington D.C.
* Latino Poets Panelist, Sunken Garden Poetry Festival (featuring U.S. Poet Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera) Farmington, CT
* CT Immigration Day Keynote Speaker, Hartford Capitol
* Featured Reader, Riverwood Poetry Series
* Featured Reader, A Multilingual Reading in NYC
* 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 Universit East Coast Chicano Student Forum Conference
* Featured Speaker, Three Rivers Community College, CT
* Featured Poet, Julia de Burgos Park Featured Poet
* Keynote Speaker, Pittsburg State University, KS, Hispanic Heritage Month
* Panelist, Modern Language Association Convention, PA
* Featured Poet, Expressiones Cultural Center, New London, CT
* Undocumented Hispanic Migration Conference, Connecticut College
* Featured Poet, Julia De Burgos Anniversary Celebration
* Featured Poet, Gemini Ink, San Antonio, TX
He holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Rhode Island and a Master’s in Teaching in English from Brown University. 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.
Latino Stories was founded in 2006, making it one of the oldest sites dedicated to Latino literature and Latino studies. It was redesigned in 2020 with a mission to provide resources that provide real stories of Latino populations. Our team has included the likes of Vincent Bosquez, Felipe de Ortego y Gasca, Ivelisse Rodriguez, and John S. Christie.