On Saturday, February 19, 2011 at 4:00 pm the El Rito Library will be hosting a Reading and Booksigning Event by Gabriel Meléndez, PhD, University of New Mexico; and joining him are Valerie Martinez, Poet Laureate of Santa Fe in 2009 and Carmela Padilla.
Gabriel Meléndez has been Professor of American Studies since 2002. He is a literary, social and cultural critic with research interests in ethnic and cultural representations in film, autobiography, ethnopoetics and ethnocritical theory. His teaching and research interests overlap across three American Studies concentrations: Cultural Studies, Southwest Studies and Race, Class and Ethnicity. He has been the recipient of a Rockefeller Humanities Fellowship and several other research grants including awards from the New Mexico Endowment for the Humanities, Center for Regional Studies (UNM) and the Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Project (University of Houston).
His first book, (UNM, 1997) has recently been reprinted by the University of Arizona under the title, "So All is Not Lost: The Poetics of Print in Nuevomexicano Communities, 1836-1958" Spanish-Language Newspapers in New Mexico, 1836-1958 (2005). In addition, he is co-editor of The Multicultural Southwest: A Reader (Arizona, 2001) and Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage: Volume VI (2006). His other works include Reflexiones del Corazón (1993) [a portfolio of images and texts produced with Miguel Gandert and María Baca for the Tamarind Institute] and The Biography of Casimiro Barela (UNM, 2003). He and his co-editors Rosalie Otero and Enrique Lamadrid have recently completed work on Santa Fe Native: An Anthology of Nuevomexicano Writing, a issued by UNM Press in 2010, the four hundredth anniversary of the founding of Santa Fe.
The author of several articles and chapter-length studies, Meléndez is currently engaged in new work on ethnic film representations and readying a new manuscript, “Film Dramas in New Mexico: Cultural Encounters On and Off the Screen” for publication. Meléndez is on the board of directors of the Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Project, serves on the editorial board of Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies, and is a general editor for the Pasó por aquí Series on New Mexican Hispanic Letters at UNM Press.
Meléndez teaches graduate seminars on autobiography and ethnic life writing, Latino/a-Chicano/a film, critical regionalism and the politics of identity in the Southwest.