Jose Antonio Villaran
  • Title
    • Creative Writing Instructor & PhD Candidate
  • Division Humanities Division
  • Department
    • Literature Department
    • Creative Writing Program
  • Affiliations Creative Writing Program, Research Center for the Americas, Critical Race and Ethnic Studies
  • Phone
  • Email
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Humanities Building 1, #234
  • Mail Stop Literature Department
  • Courses LIT-90; Introduction to Creative Writing (Winter 2016), LIT-90; Introduction to Creative Writing (Fall 2016), LIT-179C; Methods and Materials - Writing as Collective Art Making (Spring 2017), LIT-90x; Introducción a la Creación Literaria - Bilingual Workshop (Winter 2018)

Research Interests

Creative Writing / Cross-Genre Writing / Documentary Poetics / Translation(al) Studies / Critical Race and Ethnic Studies / Critical University Studies / Contemporary US Latinx Literature / Environmental History

Biography, Education and Training

Bilingual fluency (English - Spanish) as a writer, scholar, translator and instructor. I’m the author of two books of poetry: la distancia es siempre la misma (2006) & el cerrajero (2012); one book of translation, Album of Fences (2018); and creator of the AMLT project (, an exploration of hypertext literature and collective authorship. My third book, titled open pit, is forthcoming from AUB in 2021. Areas of focus include: Creative Writing, Poetry/Poetics, Cross-Genre Literature, Literary Translation, US-Latinx Literature, Critical University Studies and Critical Race and Ethnic Studies. I hold an MFA in Writing from UCSD and I’m currently a PhD Candidate in Literature at UCSC with an Designated Emphasis in Critical Race and Ethnic Studies. 



Selected Publications

- la distancia es siempre la misma; Editorial Matalamanga, Perú, 2006.

- el cerrajero; Album del Universo Bakterial, Perú, 2012.

- The Album of Fences; by Omar Pimienta, 2018 (Translation/English)

tajo abierto; Album del Universo Bakterial, Perú, 2021 (forthcoming)


Selected Presentations

Reading. Tripwire Cross-Cultural Poetics Series; San Francisco State University’s Poetry Center & The Green Arcade (bookstore), San Francisco, November 7-8, 2019.

Reading. Poetic Research Bureau; Los Angeles, October 19, 2019. 

Presentation. Open Pit, A Story about Morococha and Extractivism in the Américas. &Now 2018 & Whenever It’s Needed, A Festival of New Writing. University of Notre Dame, Oct. 5-7, 2018. 

Presentation. Album of Fences, Author Celebration panel; and “La Reta, An Ethnographic Sound Journal archiving pick-up fútbol matches in San Francisco’s Mission District”. Caribbean Studies Association 43rd Annual Conference. Havana, Cuba, June 4-8, 2018. 

Reading. Cardboard House Press Bilingual Poetry Series, Book launch for Album of Fences, Phoenix Art Museum, April 4, 2018.

Presentation. “The AMLT Project, A Case Study in Hypertextuality and Sympoeisis”; Latin American Studies Association 35th Annual Conference. Lima, Peru, April 29 – May 1, 2017.

Presentation. “The AMLT Project, A Case Study in Hypertextuality and Sympoeisis”; Intersections, Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference. Stanford Univ., Nov. 6-7, 2015.

Presentation. The Open Pit. &Now 2015, Blast Radius: Writing and the Other Arts. California Institute of the Arts, March 25-28, 2015.

Presentation as Editor of Alchemy, UCSD’s Literary Journal of Student Translation. Pacific Ancient Modern Language Association 111th Annual Conference. San Diego, Nov. 1-3, 2013.


Selected Exhibitions

The AMLT Project: Hypertextuality and Collective Authorship

           - La Culpable & Neo Mutatis; Perú 2010.

           - TMDG, Encuentro Internacional de Diseño; Argentina 2010.

           - Colombia Sticker Art Festival; Colombia 2012.