Faculty - Profesorado

Faculty - Profesorado.

Rosa Alcalá (Associate Professor)

Rosa Alcalá received her MFA from Brown University and her Ph.D. in English from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Her poetry and translations have been published in numerous literary journals and books. She teaches poetry and translation, with an emphasis on contemporary poetics and the twentieth-century avant-garde.
Contact: ralcala1@utep.edu

Daniel Chacón (Associate Professor)

Daniel Chacón received his MFA from the University of Oregon. He has published two short story collections and a novel, and he coedited The Last Supper of Chicano Heroes: Selected Works of José Antonio Burciaga. Daniel Chacón has won two literary awards and teaches advanced fiction writing. Recent courses have focused on the relationship between physics and fiction, as well as Kafka and his influences.
Contact: danchacon@utep.edu - Tel: 747 - 6255

José de Piérola (Associate Professor)

José de Piérola received his MA and Ph.D. in Literature from the University of California at San Diego. He has published two short story collections, three novels and a translation of The Art of Fiction by Henry James. De Piérola has won literary awards in Spain and Peru, and his work has been published in France, Spain, USA and Peru. He teaches advanced fiction writing and Latin American literature.
Contact: jdepierola@utep.edu - Tel: 747 - 6322

Sasha Pimentel (Assistant Professor)

Sasha Pimentel holds an MFA from California State University. Born in Manila and raised in Atlanta, Saudi Arabia and the tri-state region, Sasha Pimentel is a Filipina American poet and author of Insides She Swallowed (2010). Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in journals such as APR, Gulf Coast, Callaloo and Colorado Review. She is a former Philip Levine fellow and winner of the Ernesto Trejo Prize. She teaches poetry writing, Asian American literature and nonfiction writing.
Contact: srpimentel@utep.edu - Tel: 747 - 6810

Luis Arturo Ramos (Professor) 

Luis Arturo Ramos is a fiction writer and essayist. He studied Spanish Literature at the Universidad Veracruzana. He has been a Fellow at the prestigious Mexican Center for Writers, and has garnered various literary awards in Mexico, including the National Prize for Fiction. He has published eight novels, four books of stories, six children’s books and three collections of essays. He teaches advanced fiction writing, the short story and non-fiction.
Contact: laramos@utep.edu- Tel: 747 - 6511

Benjamín Alire Sáenz (Professor)

Benjamin Alire Saenz is a poet, novelist, artist and writer of children’s books. He has studied in the University of Louvain, the University of Texas at El Paso, the University of Iowa, and Standford University where he was a Stegner Fellow. He has published seven novels, five collections of poetry, and four children’s books. His work has been translated into Dutch, French, Spanish, and German. Among his awards are the American Book Award, the Tomas Rivera Award, and a Lannan Poetry Fellowship.
Contact: bsaenz@utep.edu - Tel: 747 - 5721

Jeff Sirkin (Assistant Professor)

Jeff Sirkin earned his MA from Miami University and his Ph.D. in Literature from the University at Buffalo. He writes on the intersections of music with postmodern literature and the historic avant-garde. He has presented work on Kurt Cobain, Bob Dylan, punk rock and twentieth century poetry. He writes poetry and studies twentieth-century literature and culture. He teaches classes on twentieth century literature and culture.
Contact: jsirkin@utep.edu - Tel: 747 - 5529

Lex Williford (Associate Professor)

Lex Williford holds an MFA from the University of Arkansas. His book, Macauley’s Thumb, was co-winner of the 1993 Iowa School of Letters Award for Short Fiction. His fiction and non-fiction have appeared in the most respected literary journals of the US, and his stories have been widely anthologized. Williford is coeditor of the popular Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Short Fiction. Contact: lex@utep.edu - Tel: 747 - 5721

Andrea Cote-Botero (Assistant Professor)

Andrea Cote-Botero es autora de los libros de poemas: Puerto Calcinado, Cosas Frágiles y Chinatown a toda hora (Libro Objeto). Ha publicado además los libros en prosa: Una fotógrafa al desnudo: biografía de Tina Modotti y Blanca Varela o la escritura de la soledad. Realizó estudios de literatura en la Universidad de los Andes en Bogotá y culminó su doctorado en literatura hispanoamericana en la Universidad de Pennsylvania. Contact acbotero@utep.edu

Tim Z. Hernandez (Assistant Profesor)

Tim Z. Hernandez is a novelist, poet and performance artist. His books include three volumes of poetry and two novels. His collection of poetry, Skin Tax, received the 2006 American Book Award, and the James Duval Phelan Award from the San Francisco Foundation. His novel, Breathing, In Dust was featured on NPR’s All Things Considered, and went on to receive the 2010 Premio Aztlan Prize in fiction from the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque. Contact tzhernandez@utep.edu