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Recent Presentations and Awards

2012 Obermann Humanities Symposium on "The Latino Midwest", October 11-13, 2012 at the University of Iowa
Association of Writers and Writing Program (AWP), February-March 2012, Pat Mora: Eloquence and Bookjoy
American Literary Translators Association (ALTA), Co-chair Organizing Committee 2011 Annual Conference in Kansas City, MO
ALTA, 2011 Annual Conference, Panelist and Moderator: Translation from Indigenous Languages
Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP), 2011, Metafiction Latino: Beyond Magical Realism
Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP), 2010 Latino Writers Collective: Poetry Reading
7th Annual Latino Writers Conference. Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque, NM, May 21-23, 2009 “At the Café on Huajue Xiang Street”
4th Annual Tierra Tinta Conference on Latin American, Spanish, and Luso-Brazilian Literatures. University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, October 16-17, 2008 “Mujer” and “En el Café de la calle Huajue Xiang”
Décimo Congreso de Literatura Mexicana Contemporánea, University of Texas at El Paso, TX, March 2-4, 2005, “La reinvención del mundo a través de la metaficción en Cielos de la Tierra de Carmen Boullosa”
Twenty-Ninth Annual Meeting of the Missouri Philological Association, Kansas City, MO, February 26-28, 2004, “Cultural Integration”


Spanish Language Consultant and Translator for Cuentos del Centro: Stories from the Latino Heartland, Scapegoat Press. 2009
Spanish Language Consultant and Translator for Primera Página: Poetry from the Latino Heartland, Scapegoat Press. 2008


Interpreter for: A Political Model for the Current Economic Crisis in Mexico by Porfirio Muñoz Ledo. UMKC Law School, Kansas City, MO, April 25, 2009
Interpreter for: Summit on Immigration and Racism: Defending Human Rights. Cristo Rey High School, Kansas City, MO, March 8, 2008


Mattie Rhodes Art Gallery: Day of the Dead Committee, May 2012 to present
Advisory Circle of Con Tinta. A Collective of [email protected]/[email protected] Activist Writers, Feb 2011 to present
The Writers Place: Planning and Programming Committee, April 2010 to present
Festival of Faiths at The Writers Place, Organizing Committee, Nov 2009 to present
American Literary Translator Association, Co-chair of the Organizing Committee
Latino Writers Collective, Board of Directors, The Writers Place, Kansas City, MO 2007 to 2010


Writer's Residency in Granada, Andalucia, Spain. May and June, 2012.
Forerunner: International Short Story Contest John Barry Award 2008: “Agua pasa por mi casa, a mi casa se viene a soñar”
Winner: First International Short Story Contest in Spanish, Editorial Nuevo Espacio 2004: “La canción de la lluvia”