Santa Clara University

Phone: 408.551.3101
Room number: 211

John O. Espinoza

Academic Year Adjunct Lecturer

John O. Espinoza joins us a second year to teach Critical Thinking and Writing 1 and 2. He has previously taught rhetoric & composition, American & world literature, and poetry workshops at Arizona State University in Tempe and at The National Hispanic University in San Jose, CA. John holds a B.A. in both creative writing and sociology from the University of California, Riverside and an MFA in creative writing from Arizona State University, where he was a recipient of a 2002 Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans and a grant for emerging writers from The Elizabeth George Foundation. He has published three volumes of poetry including Gardeners of Eden (2000), Aluminum Times (2002), winner of the 2001 Swan Scythe Chapbook Contest, and most recently, The Date Fruit Elegies (2008), a finalist for the 2009 Northern California Book Award in Poetry. In 2009 he served as a poet-in-residence at The Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C. His poetry has been published in literary journals such as The American Poetry Review, New Letters, Quarterly West, Rattle, and ZYZZYVA, as well as several anthologies such as Under the Fifth Sun: Latino Literature from California (Foreword by Juan Velasco) and Bear Flag Republic: Prose Poems and Poetics from California. Currently, John is the poetry editor of NewBorder: Criticism and Creation from the U.S./Mexico Border, an associate editor for Swan Scythe Press, and the staff book reviewer for The Packinghouse Review. Originally from Southern California, he now resides in San Jose with his wife.

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