Juan Carlos Quintero-Herencia
Fellow: Awarded 2009
Field of Study: Literary Studies
Competition: Latin America & Caribbean
Juan Carlos Quintero-Herencia is Chair of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Maryland. Before joining the faculty at College Park in 2001, Mr. Quintero-Herencia held an appointment in the Department of Hispanic Studies of the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras, as an assistant (1995-99) and then associate (1999-2001) professor. During part of his tenure at the University of Puerto Rico, he was also an Andrew W. Mellon Research Associate at Brown University (1998-2000).
At the University of Maryland, Mr. Quintero-Herencia teaches courses in Modern and Contemporary Latin American Literature, Contemporary Puerto Rican and Cuban Literatures, Literary Theory, Discourses on the Caribbean, Cultural Studies, Poetics, and Literary Politics. He has published two monographs: Fulguración del espacio: Letras e imaginario institucional de la Revolución cubana (Rosario, Argentina: Beatriz Viterbo, 2002), which won the 2004 Premio Iberoamericano as the best book in Latin American studies; and La máquina de la salsa. Tránsitos del sabor (San Juan, PR: Ed. Vértigo, 2005). He is also a poet, and has two collections of poems to his credit: La caja negra (San Juan, PR: Ed. Isla Negra, 1996), and El hilo para el marisco/Cuaderno de los envíos (San Juan, PR: Ed. Del Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, 2002), which garnered the Poetry Prize of the Pen Club of Puerto Rico. One more volume of his poetry is forthcoming. He was a founding member and coeditor of the journal of Puerto Rican poetry Filo de juego, and was also a member of the collective journal Nómada, and a contributor to bordes and Postdata.
He has been an invited speaker or lecturer at a number of highly respected institutions, including Harvard University; the Latin American Studies Association; the National University of Rosario, Argentina; University of California, Berkeley and Casa de las Américas in Havana, Cuba, among others.
During his Guggenheim Fellowship term, Mr. Quintero-Herencia will be working on a book tentatively entitled La escucha transeúnte: Poéticas y políticas en el archipiélago caribeño.