Ramon Gonzalez

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Ray Gonzalez received his MFA in Creative Writing from Texas State University and is a professor in the English Department. He is the author of ten books of poetry including Faith Run (University of Arizona Press, 2009) and Cool Auditor: Prose Poems (BOA Editions, 2009), Consideration of the Guitar (2005); The Religion of Hands (2005), which received the 2006 Latino Heritage Award for Best Book of Poetry; The Hawk Temple at Tierra Grande (2002), a winner of a 2003 Minnesota Book Award; Turtle Pictures (2000), a winner of a 2001 Minnesota Book Award, and The Heat of Arrivals (1996), a winner of a 1997 PEN/Josephine Miles Book Award. He is the author of three books of nonfiction: Renaming the Earth: Personal Essays (University of Arizona Press, 2008), Memory Fever (1999), and The Underground Heart (2002), which received the 2003 Carr P. Collins/Texas Institute of Letters Award for Best Book of Nonfiction. He is also the author of two books of short stories: The Ghost of John Wayne (2001) and Circling the Tortilla Dragon (2002). His poetry has appeared in the 1999, 2000, and 2003 editions of The Best American Poetry. He is the editor of twelve anthologies including Sudden Fiction Latino: Short Short Fiction from the U.S. and Latin America (W.W. Norton, 2010) and No Boundaries: Prose Poems by 24 Poets (2002). He has served as Poetry Editor of The Bloomsbury Review since 1980. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award in Literature from the Border Regional Library Association in 2003.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • MFA: Creative Writing, Texas State University, Texas, USA, 1995.

Specialties

  • creative writing
  • U.S. Latino literature
  • poetry writing
  • creative nonfiction
  • contemporary American poetry
  • editing and publishing journals and anthologies
  • Latin American studies
  • literature of rock and roll music
  • prose poetry, flash fiction and nonfiction
Courses Taught
  • Poetry Writing Seminar
  • EngW 5310 - Reading as Writers: Spirituality and the Individual Writer
  • Reading Across Genres
  • EngW 5310 - Reading as Writers: Poetry in Translation
  • Readers as Writers: Flash Fiction and Non-fiction
  • Introduction to Multicultural Literature
  • Textual Analysis
  • Multicultural Novel
  • Literature of Rock and Roll Music
  • Textual Interpretation: American Nature Writing
  • Introduction to Modern Fiction
  • Introduction to Modern Poetry
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Editor of Luna: A Journal of Poetry and Translation:
  • Poetry Editor: Bloomsbury Review:
Publications
  • Beautiful Wall. Gonzalez, Ramon, BOA Editions, Author, 2015.
  • Soul Over Lightning: Poems. Gonzalez, Ramon, University of Arizona Press, Author, 2014.
  • Cool Auditor: Prose Poems. Gonzalez, Ramon, BOA Editions, Author, 2009.
  • Renaming the Earth: Personal Essays. Gonzalez, Ramon, University of Arizona Press, Author, 2008.
  • Consideration of the Guitar: New and Selected Poems. Gonzalez, Ramon, BOA Editions, Author, 2005.
  • The Religion of Hands: Prose Poems and Flash Fictions. Gonzalez, Ramon, University of Arizona Press, Author, 2005.
  • Religion of Hands: Prose Poems and Short Fictions. . Gonzalez, Ramon, Tucson: University of Arizona Press, Author, 2004.
  • Human Crying Daisies: Prose Poems. . Gonzalez, Ramon, Chicago: Red Hen Press, 2003, Author.
  • The Underground Heart: Essays From Hidden Landscapes.. Gonzalez, Ramon, Tucson: University of Arizona Press, Author, 2002.
  • The Hawk Temple at Tierra Grande.. Gonzalez, Ramon, Rochester: BOA Editions, Author, 2002.
  • Circling the Tortilla Dragon.. Gonzalez, Ramon, Creative Arts Books, Author, 2002.
  • The Underground Heart: Essays. Gonzalez, Ramon, University of Arizona Press, Author, 2002.
  • The Ghost of John Wayne.. Gonzalez, Ramon, Tucson: University of Arizona Press, Author, 2001.
  • Turtle Pictures. Gonzalez, Ramon, Tucson: University of Arizona Press, Author, 2000.
  • Cabato Sentora. Gonzalez, Ramon, Rochester: BOA Editions, Author, 1999.
  • Touching the Fire: Fifteen Poets of the Latino Renaissance. Gonzalez, Ramon, Anchor/Doubleday, 1998.
  • The Heat of Arrivals. Gonzalez, Ramon, BOA Editions, 1996.
  • Memory Fever: A Journey Beyond El Paso del Norte. Gonzalez, Ramon, Broken Moon Press, Seattle, 1993.
  • Twilights and Chants. Gonzalez, Ramon, James Andrews & Company, Golden Colorado, 1987.
  • From the Restless Roots. Gonzalez, Ramon, Arte Publico Press, University of Houston, 1985.
Awards
  • Minnesota Book Award in Poetry for Beautiful Wall, 2016
  • Witter Bynner Fellowship, Library of Congress
  • CLA Scholar of the College Fellowship, 2006 - 2009
  • Minnesota Book Award in Poetry, 2003
  • Lifetime Achievement Award in Literature: Regional Library Association, 2003
  • Minnesota Book Award in Poetry for The Hawk Temple at Tierra Grande, 2003
  • Minnesota Book Award in Poetry, 2001
  • McKnight Land Grant Professorship
  • Winner, Four Corners Book Award inPoetry (Twilights and Chants)
  • Winner, PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles Book Award (The Heat of Arrivals)