Editors in Chief
Michael French was born and raised in Dallas, Texas and received a BA from the University of Notre Dame in Spanish and Political Science. As an undergraduate he studied for a semester at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, and after graduating he spent a year teaching English in Madrid on a grant from the Spanish Ministerio de Educación y Ciencias. He is a first year PhD student and is a recipient of the University of Texas College of Liberal Arts Fellowship as well as the Carrie Lee Kennedy Fellowship for Golden Age studies.
Cesar I. Taboada, born in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, is pursuing a PhD in Hispanic literature at the University of Texas at Austin, where he also completed his MA in the same field. His interests focus on 20th and 21st century Mexican literature, especially its chronicle and its short story. He is also a member of La Poderosa Media Project.
Anna Marin is a doctoral student in the Program of Comparative Literature at the University of Texas at Austin. She received her MA from San Diego State University in Comparative Literature, and a BA in Secondary English Education from DePaul University in her hometown of Chicago, IL. She specializes in contemporary literary figures of insurgency in relation to US-waged rhetorical and military wars, specifically the sicario from the War on Drugs in Colombia and the jihadist from the War on Terror in Iraq.
Juancarlos López, from Hatillo, Puerto Rico, is a doctoral student in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Texas at Austin. In addition to publishing in several anthologies and magazines, he has written a collection of short stories titled Bestiario de caricias and an unpublished novel, El último viaje del Buraq.
Sean Manning, of Robinson, Illinois, is currently a doctoral candidate in Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Texas at Austin writing a dissertation titled The Power of the Indefinable: The Poetic Liberation of Juan Larrea and Lorenzo García Vega. His interests include thinking about literary genre, poetry, particularly the prose poem, and quiet poets. Formerly a geologist at the University of Oklahoma and a mailman in Denton, Texas, he received a Master’s in Spanish from the University of North Texas, before continuing his graduate studies in French and Hispanic Literature at the Université François Rabelais in Tours, France. He has published both poetic and academic works in “North Texas World Literatures Review.”
Marco Paulo Alves was born in Newark, New Jersey in 1979, and is currently a first-year doctoral student in Luso-Brazilian Literature at the University of Texas at Austin. His research interests concentrate on early 21st century poetry in America, Brazil and Portugal. He likes riding his fixie and eating bacalhau.
Sam Cannon was born in Shreveport, Louisiana where he lived until at the age of nineteen he moved to Pachuca, Hidalgo Mexico. During the next two years he lived moving between the states of Hidalgo, México and Querétaro. Upon returning to Louisiana he began studying Spanish-American literature at Louisiana State University- Shreveport. He completed his MA at the University of Arkansas and is currently a PhD student at the University of Texas where he studies twentieth and twenty-first century Latin American literature. Sam has previously published poems in English and Spanish and a critical article titled La construcción de la memoria en Chilam Balam, Popol Vuh y la narrativa latinoamericana moderna in the University of Oklahoma’s journal Pegaso. Sam’s professional interests include mass media studies, comic books, and the image of Mexico City in literature, film and comics. In his free time he reads about alchemy, Freemasonry and anything by Roberto Bolaño.
René Carrasco was born in San Diego, California and raised in Mexico City. He completed two bachelor’s degrees at the University of California, Berkeley, in Hispanic Literatures and History. He received an MA from the University of Texas at Austin in Hispanic Literature, where he is currently pursuing a PhD in the same field with a focus in Colonial Literature. His interests include colonial/postcolonial studies, decolonial thought in Latin America, pre-Columbian Mexico, historiography, urban and rural guerrilla movements in Latin America, as well as Marxist thought in Latin America.
Ashwini Ganeshan is from Hyderabad, India. She completed a Master’s Degree in Spanish at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Hispanic Linguistics at the University of Texas at Austin. Her interests include lexical semantics, second language acquisition and language acquisition in multilinguals.
Dorian Lee Jackson was born in Atlanta, Georgia and completed both his Undergraduate and Master’s degrees at the University of Georgia. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Brazilian Literature at the University of Texas at Austin. His interests focus on 20th and 21st century Brazilian Literature, examining the representations of violence, narcotrafficking , and women’s and gender studies.
Amy Olen is a first year PhD student in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Texas in Austin. Her area of academic interest is Central American literature and Cultural Studies. She holds Masters Degrees in Latin American literature and Translation Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Azahara Palomeque Recio was born and raised in Spain. She has a BA in Journalism and Audio-Visual Communication from the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. She has won several awards for her poetry and short stories in Spain. She has published poems and stories in a number of cultural magazines (Safo, Vitela, Almiar) and participated in several poetry readings in Madrid, and her poetic work “Tarde de médanos en aguacero” is forthcoming in Pegaso. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Luso-Brazilian literature at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research interests focus on 19th and 20th century Brazilian and Spanish literature and avant-garde cinema.
Paula C. Park is a PhD student in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at UT Austin. Her research interests are 20th century Latin American literature, Orientalism and Travel Literature. She has published academic work on various Hispanic American writers such as Severo Sarduy, Nicanor Parra, Diamela Eltit and Santiago Gamboa.
Joseph M. Pierce grew up in Corpus Christi and completed his undergraduate studies at Trinity University in San Antonio. He received an MA in Latin American Studies from The University of Texas at Austin and is now a PhD Candidate in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. His dissertation focuses on the role of family and the representation of kinship ties in Argentine literature in the early 20th century. Joseph has contributed interviews and reviews to Pterodáctilo and served as Co-Editor in Chief for two years, publishing numbers 6, 7 and 8.
Verónica Ríos, born and raised in Costa Rica, received her Master’s in Latin American literature from the Universidad de Costa Rica. She is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research focuses on Central American literature, especially the representation of national discourses and how literature inserts itself into the Central American public sphere in the 21st century.
Lorna Torrado is a doctoral student in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Texas at Austin. She works with contemporary Caribbean and Puerto Rican literature from both the islands and the United States. Her research focuses on corporeal politics and its intersection with the production of knowledge, culture and the reproduction of political patterns and relations of power.
Jennifer Witte received her BA in Spanish education and Latin American Studies from Miami University. She is a first year Masters student in linguistics in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Texas at Austin, where her studies focus on Second Language Acquisition and Sociolinguistics.
Giulianna Zambrano was born in Quito, Ecuador. Currently, she is a student in the MA program of Spanish American Literature at the Spanish and Portuguese Department at The University of Texas at Austin, where she also is a Spanish Instructor. Before starting her graduate studies in the United States, she was awarded a BA in International Relations from the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ). She later completed a Masters degree in Political Science from the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO) in Quito, Ecuador. Her thesis project focuses on the afrodescendant social organizations of Valle del Chota. Her research interests include: intellectual history, political culture and theater.
Faculty Advisory Board
César Braga-Pinto, Northwestern University
Luis Cárcamo-Huechante, The University of Texas at Austin
Debra Fraszer-McMahon, Seton Hill University
Michael Harrison, Monmouth College
Christine Henseler, Union College
César Salgado, The University of Texas at Austin
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