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Miguel-Angel Zapata

Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures


PHD, 1995, Washington Univ; MA, 1990, Univ Calif Santa Barbara; BA, 1985, Calif St Univ Chico; BA, 1981, Univ Nacional Mayor San Marco


Miguel-Angel Zapata is a Professor of Latin American literature at Hofstra University. His research interest focus on Hispanic Poetry from Modernismo to the present, as well as Poetry and Visual Arts, and Literature of the Fantastic. He is the author of an extensive poetic work, criticism and translations. He has recently published two anthologies of his poetry: Hoy día es otro mundo (Today is Another World) (Granada, Spain, 2015), and La nota 13 (Note 13) (Bogota, 2015). His books of poetry include the celebrated: Imágenes los juegos (Lima, 1987), Poemas para violín y orquesta (México, 1991), Lumbre de la letra (Lima, 1997), Escribir bajo el polvo (Lima, 2000), El cielo que me escribe (México, 2002), Cuervos (México, 2003), A Sparrow in the House of Seven Patios (New York, 2005), Iguana (Lima, 2005), Los muslos sobre la grama. Antología breve (Buenos Aires, 2005), Un pino me habla de la lluvia (Lima, 2007), Ensayo sobre la rosa. Poesía selecta 1983-2008 (Lima, 2010), Los canales de piedra. Antología selecta (Valencia-Venezuela, 2008), Fragmentos de una manzana y otros poemas (Sevilla, 2011), La lluvia siempre sube (Buenos Aires, 2013), and La ventana y once poemas (Mexico, 2014).

His criticism is collected in volumes such as: La voz deudora. Diálogos sobre poesía hispanoamericana (with Ilan Stavans)(Lima-México: FCE, 2013), Vuela un cuervo sobre la luna. Muestra de poesía española contemporánea 1959-1980 (Nueva York: Hostos, 2013), Transatlantic Steamer. New Apporaches to Hispanic and American Contemporary Poetry (Lima-New York: F.C.E., -UNMSM, 2008), Asir la forma que se va. Nuevos asedios a Carlos G. Belli (Lima: UNMSM, 2006), El hacedor y las Palabras. Diálogos con poetas de América Latina (Lima-México: F.C.E., 2005), Moradas de la voz. Notas sobre la poesía hispanoamericana contemporánea (Lima: UNMSM, 2002), Nueva poesía latinoamericana (México: UNAM, 1999), and Metáfora de la Experiencia. La poesía de Antonio Cisneros (Lima: PUCP, 1998),), among others.  He is also the author of anthologies on Latin American, Peruvian and contemporary Mexican poetry, and a book of translations of contemporary American Poets. MAZ has also translated into Spanish the poetry of Theodore Roethke, Mark Strand, and Billy Collins. He has taught and given lectures at universities in the United States, Peru, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, France, England, and Spain.

He received the Latino Award in Literature in 2012.

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HUHC 013 (LT) C & E FALL HUMANITIES Undergraduate
SPAN 115B (LT) INTR SPAN-AMR LIT II Undergraduate
SPLT 054 (LT) 19&20 CEN -LATIN AMER LIT Undergraduate
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