Author’s Bio

JULIO MARZAN | J. A. MARZAN writes poetry, fiction, and non-fiction.

As poet he has published two books of poetry, one in English, Translations without Originals (I. Reed Books), and one in Spanish Puerta de Tierra. (U. of  Puerto Rico Press) as well as poems translated for his Selected Poems: Luis Palés Matos (Arte Público Press, 2001) and in Inventing a Word: Twentieth-Century Puerto Rican Poetry. His poems have appeared in numerous journals, among them, Parnassus: Poetry in Review, The Massachusetts Review, Tin House, New Letters, and Harper’s Magazine. His poems have appeared in anthologies, and  the following college texts:  Literature: Reading to Write (2011), The Compact Bedford Introduction to Literature,( 1999-2007), Latino Boom: An Anthology of Latino Literature (Longman/Pearson, 2006),  The Bedford Introduction to Poetry (1999). US: The Literature of a Multicultural Society, (McGraw-Hill, 1998), Literature: Reading, Reacting, Writing (Holt, Rinehart, 1991). Currently, two poems appear in the past four editions of The Bedford Introduction to Literature.  n May, 2007 he was appointed by the Queens Borough President the fourth Poet Laureate of Queens (2007-2010).

In later prose he began writing as J.A. Marzán to preclude any expectations of the subjects or style of his poetry.

As fiction writer, he is the author of the novella-in-stories The Bonjour Gene (U. Wisconsin Press, 2005).  Chapters of The Bonjour Gene had already appeared and been reprinted in journals and anthologies. He has recently completed his second novel.

Among his non-fiction titles, he edited Luna, Luna: Creative Writing Ideas from Spanish, Latin American and Latino Literature (Teachers & Writers Collaborative, 1997), a T&W “Best Seller,” and authored the landmark The Spanish American Roots of William Carlos (U. Texas Press, 1994), a Choice Magazine Award winner, and the subject of a William Carlos Williams Society Panel at the 2001 MLA Convention. In spring 2006 he was Visiting Professor of Romance Languages at Harvard University, where he lectured on William Carlos Williams and Luis Palés Matos. In October 2011, New Directions published By Word of Mouth: Poetry from the Spanish by William Carlos Williams, Jonathan Cohen, ed., with Julio Marzán’s foreword “William Carlos Williams, Translator.”

=================================================================================  In May, 2007 he was appointed by the Queens Borough President

 the fourth Poet Laureate of Queens, NYC (2007-2010).

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