Position title: Professor, Spanish & Portuguese and Chican@ & Latin@ Studies
Rubén Medina is a poet, translator, and scholar. He is also one of the founders of Infrarealism. His research and teaching center on Mexican and US Latinx literature and culture, continental connections, countercultural formations and practices, film studies, Neo-avant-garde poetic movements, and Mexican migration to the United States. In the area of research, he has published: Autor, autoridad y autorización: Escritura y poética de Octavio Paz (Colegio de México, 1999), Genealogías del presente y del pasado: Literatura y cine meXicanos (Lima-Berkeley, 2010), and articles in journals and books on masculinity, violence, hybridity, global melodrama, Chicana literature, and Infrarealism. In poetry he has published, Báilame este viento, Mariana (1980), “Amor de Lejos . . . Fools’ Love” (1986), four editions of Nomadic Nation / Nación nómada (2010, 2011, 2015, 2017), and Aquel Quetzalcoatl se fue pal’ norte (2018). He has received the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in poetry (1981), and other poetry awards. His poems have been included in poetry anthologies in Mexico, Latin American, Spain, and the US. In collaboration with John Burns, he published a major anthology of Beat poetry translated into Spanish, Una tribu de salvajes improvisando a las puertas del infierno (Mexico: Aldvs, 2012). He recently edited a critical edition of Mario Santiago Papasquiaro’s long poem, Consejos de 1 discípulo de Marx a 1 fanático de Heidegger (2016), and Perros habitados por las voces del desierto: poesía infrarrealista entre dos siglos (an anthology published in Mexico, Peru and Chile). For more information, see his website.