English Department at Cinco Días Con Nuestra Tierra

The English Department will be present at Cinco Días Con Nuestra Tierra with two faculty presentations in the “Carpa de Foro y Talleres.” Dr. Linda Rodriguez will be presenting her new puppet show “Nena y sus Amigos se van de Paseo por Nuestra Tierra” from Wednesday to Friday at 10:00 am, and Saturday at 9:00 am. Dr. Mary Leonard will talk about animation on Friday from 11:00-1:00 pm in her forum titled “Cine Animado: Un Recorrido Internacional.” Go support our faculty in these fun presentations!

Retired Faculty Profile: Joan Baker-González

We are pleased to launch the first of our retired faculty profiles with a profile of a beloved retired colleague, Joan Baker-González.

Joan Baker-González was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. After graduating from high school there, she went to Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island for her undergraduate work, receiving a BA in English Literature and Linguistics (magna cum laude) in 1962. After a year in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Washington in Seattle, she returned to the University of Wisconsin in Madison where she studied Educational Psychology (MS 1965) and got her secondary teaching certification in English and French. Her first teaching job was at Washington Lee High School in Arlington, Virginia where she taught 12th grade English and started English as a Second Language classes for the non-native English speakers in the school. Joan met her husband, Rafael González, while teaching at Washington-Lee. They were married in 1966 and their two sons, Eric and Evan, were 4 and 1 when they moved to Puerto Rico in 1972. … Read more…

Cine con Cinématèque

Cinématèque will be presenting a selection of short films made by students and graduates of the UPRM Film Certificate on Noches de Galeria in San Germán this Tuesday. It will include the winner of Best Short Film in the 2016 Rincon Film Festival and the winner of Best Documentary in Rincon 2015. Come see the films and meet the filmmakers!

Public Lecture: “Drawing the Diaspora, Graphic Narratives from San Juan, PR”

On Monday, March 6, María Fernanda Díaz Basteris will be offering a public lecture, titled “Drawing the Diaspora, Graphic Narratives from San Juan, PR.” Maria Fernanda Diaz Basteris is a doctoral student at the University of California-Davis. She has been doing ethnographic research about graphic novels written by Puerto Ricans, both in San Juan and New York. She will report on her interviews with the creators and producers of the series “1898: El Antillano.” The lecture and discussion will be in both Spanish and English, and will take place within the Cultural Studies seminar taught by Dr. Gregory Stephens (INGL … Read more…

EWC Résumé Workshop

Having problems polishing or even creating a résumé? Don’t know how to start a cover letter? Then, don’t miss this workshop! UPRM’s English Writing Center will be hosting a Résumé and Cover Letter Workshop tomorrow, Thursday, March 2nd. The workshop will be offered by EWC tutors in CH-222 at 10:30 a.m. Don’t forget! For more information visit The English Writing Center’s Facebook page.

A Conversation With Rafael Cancel Miranda

Note: Due to unforeseen circumstances this event will be rescheduled. Title: A Conversation with Rafael Cancel Miranda Date: TBA Time: TBA Room: TBA Directions: (from the student center entrance facing Celis): Enter the Student Center, go to the cafeteria on the second floor. Once you enter the cafeteria, you will turn right. Next, go through the double doors and you will enter a hallway. At the end of the hallway, you will find Salon de Tarzan. Purpose: The purpose of this conversation is to create a dialogue between Mr. Rafael Cancel Miranda and students enrolled in an English course with … Read more…

Featured Alumn: Ana Portnoy Brimmer

Meet Ana Portnoy Brimmer, a graduate of our Department who earned a bachelor’s degree in literature and received the Luis Stefani Raffucci Award, the College of Arts and Sciences Award, and the John S. and Sarah E. Mellowes Award in 2016.  Ana is a poet and performer, creative nonfiction writer, artivist, and a Master’s student of Literature in the Department of English at the UPR: Río Piedras Campus. Her area of specialization is creative writing, particularly political poetry in the form of spoken word, and she will be producing a manuscript of original work as her Master’s thesis. She is currently … Read more…

Mapping the Caribbean in Children’s Books

In honor of the 25th anniversary of the Mayagüez Children’s Library there will be an exhibition on display at the library’s celebration at the Mayagüez Cultural Center on Sunday, February 26 from 3-4 pm. It will be on display at the library in March & April. Founded in 1992 by Ms. Jackie Winters, the Mayagüez Children’s Library was the first independent, public and bilingual community library specializing in providing services to the children and youth of Puerto Rico. Ms. Winters arrived in Puerto Rico in 1991 with her family, seeing that there was not a public library with good educational … Read more…

SLAM POETRY! FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24!

If you enjoy poetry, this event is for you! Ana Portnoy, a graduate of our English Department, is hosting a Poetry Slam and open mic event this Friday, February 24. The event will take place at La Tertulia starting at 8PM. Here is a link to the event for more information: Poetry Slam Facebook Event Poetry Slam Rules and Extra Information: ***OPEN QUALIFIER SLAMS: POETS PAY FOR YOUR SLOT ($5) AT THE DOOR. WINNERS OF QUALIFIERS WIN THE POT OF $$$, BRAGGING RIGHTS AND ARE AUTOMATICALLY QUALIFIED TO COMPETE IN THE GRAND SLAM IN MAYO (DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED)*** POETRY SLAM RULES: … Read more…

Meet María Quintero Aguiló

A Colegio alumna from the Department of English’s Bachelor’s in Literature and Master’s in English Education programs, María del Carmen Quintero Aguiló holds a PhD in the Languages, Literatures and Cultures of the Caribbean from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras campus. Her area of specialization is Caribbean poetry with an emphasis on the works of Derek Walcott and Kamau Brathwaite from a postcolonial ecocritical perspective. María has presented in various international conferences and her work has appeared in various books from the University of the Netherlands Antilles Press in conjunction with the University of the West Indies, as … Read more…

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