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Editors for 2012 - 2013

Paul Guillén

Paul Guillén (Ica-Perú, 1976). He is a second year student at the University of Texas at El Paso´s Creative Writing Program. MFA. He studied literature at the University of San Marcos. He published the books: La transformación de los metales (2005), Historia secreta (2008) and Ese algo que nos es esquivo siempre (Cuernavaca México, 2012) and the chapbooks La muerte del hombre amarillo (2004), and Ningún limbo bajo el sol (Santiago de Chile, 2011). It has been included in anthologies published in Mexico, England, Spain, Argentina, Brazil, USA, Sweden, Ecuador and Colombia. His poetry has been translated into Portuguese, Czech, French and English. He has published essays and interviews in magazines such as Tsé-Tsé, Galerna, Hispanic Poetry Review, Letras.s5, Guaraguao, Martin, among others. He was invited to the Festival Poquita Fe in Santiago de Chile (2008), Transversal Poetics Enclave in Mexico City (2012) and Underground Poetry Festival in Mexico City (2012). Currently he is a member of the advisory board of Metropolis magazine (Mexico), the editorial board of Lustra Editors (Perú), and is the editor of the blog and magazine Sol negro ( / (

Juan Pablo Plata

Juan Pablo Plata, from Bogotá, Colombia. He is a second year student at the University of Texas at El Paso´s Creative Writing Program. MFA. He suffers from Montano's Malady and Boswell sickness. Published books: Umpalá anthology (2006), Señales de ruta (Anthology of colombian short stories. 2008 & Ebook 2012) and El corazón habitado. Últimos cuentos de amor en Colombia (Anthology of colombian short-stories made in Spain. Algaida, 2010) Personal blog

RGR Advisor

Rosa Alcala

Rosa Alcalá is the author of poetry collections, Undocumentaries (Shearsman Books, 2010) and The Lust of Unsentimental Waters (Shearsman Books, 2012), and two chapbooks, Some Maritime Disasters This Century (Belladonna, 2003) and Undocumentary (Dos Press, 2008). Has edited Spit Temple: The Selected Performances of Cecilia Vicuña (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2012).Her work appears in the anthology, The Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry (University of Arizona Press, 2007), and in journals such as Mandorla, Chain, Barrow Street, Tarpaulin Sky, and The Brooklyn Rail. Her translations include Lourdes Vázquez's Bestiary (University of Arizona Press, 200) and Lila Zemborain’s Guardians of the Secret (Noemi Press, 2009). Her translations of Alfonsina Storni and others appear in The Oxford Book of Latin American Poetry (2009). She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Brown University, and a PhD in English from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Chair of the Creative Writing Department at UTEP 

Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Benjamin Alire Sáenz was born in 1954 in Old Picacho, a small farming village outside of Las Cruces, New Mexico, forty-two miles north of the U.S. / Mexico border. He was the fourth of seven children and was brought up in a traditional Mexican-American Catholic family. He entered the seminary in 1972, a decision that was as much political as it was religious. After concluding his theological studies at the University of Louvain, he was ordained a Catholic priest. Three and a half years later, he left the priesthood.

At the age of 30, he entered the University of Texas at El Paso. He later received a fellowship at the University of Iowa. In 1988, he received a Wallace E. Stegner Fellowship in poetry from Stanford University.

While at Stanford University under the guidance of Denise Levertov, he completed his first book of poems, Calendar of Dust, which won an American Book Award in 1992. He entered the Ph.D. program at Stanford and continued his studies for two more years. Before completing his Ph.D., he moved back to the border and began teaching at the University of Texas at El Paso in the bilingual MFA program. His first novel, Carry Me Like Water was a saga that brought together the Victorian novel and the Latin American tradition of magic realism and received much critical attention.In The Book of What Remains (Copper Canyon Press, 2010), his fifth book of poems, he writes to the core truth of life's ever-shifting memories. Set along the Mexican border, the contrast between the desert's austere beauty and the brutality of border politics mirrors humanity's capacity for both generosity and cruelty. His new  novel, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe  was published by Simon and Schuster in 2011. He continues to teach in the Creative Writing Department at the University of Texas at El Paso.