José A. Rodríguez

photo by Mark Roemisch

Poet, memoirist, and translator José Antonio Rodríguez is a Mexican immigrant and first-generation high school and college graduate. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Nation, McSweeney's, POETRY, Paterson Literary Review, and Latin American Literature Today, among other publications.

His most recent book is This American Autopsy: Poems, recently recommended as "new and noteworthy" by The New York Times. Other books include the memoir House Built on Ashes, finalist for the PEN America Los Angeles Literary Award; and the poetry collections The Shallow End of Sleep, winner of the Bob Bush Memorial Award from the Texas Institute of Letters; and Backlit Hour, finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize. He's also part of the collaborative work Borderlines: Drawing Border Lives, a collection of artwork by Reefka Schneider, poems in English by Steven Schneider, and Rodríguez's Spanish translations.

He is a member of the Texas Institute of Letters, Macondo Writers' Workshop, and CantoMundo. Other honors include finalist citations for the Lambda Literary Award, the International Latino Book Award, and the Foreword INDIES book award, and multiple nominations for the Pushcart Prize. Other awards include the the Discovery Award from the Writers' League of Texas, the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award from Paterson Literary Review, the Founders’ Prize from RHINO, and the Clifford D. Clark Doctoral Fellowship from Binghamton University, where he received a Ph.D. in English and Creative Writing. He also holds degrees in Biology and Theatre Arts and teaches writing and literary translation in the M.F.A. program at The University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley.

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