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College of Liberal Arts Voices from the Gaps

Ray Gonzalez

cover of the book Consideration of the Guitar by Ray Gonzalez


MFA, Creative Writing, Texas State University, 1995
310E Lind Hall

Ray Gonzalez is the author of ten books of poetry including Consideration of the Guitar (2005); The Religion of Hands: Prose Poems and Flash Fictions (2005), which received the 2006 Latino Heritage Award for Best Book of Poetry; The Hawk Temple at Tierra Grande (2002), a winner of a 2003 Minnesota Book Award; Turtle Pictures (2000), a winner of a 2001 Minnesota Book Award, and The Heat of Arrivals (1996), a winner of a 1997 PEN/Josephine Miles Book Award. He is the author of two books of nonfiction: Memory Fever (1999), a memoir about growing up in the Southwest, and The Underground Heart (2002), which received the 2003 Carr P. Collins/Texas Institute of Letters Award for Best Book of Nonfiction. He is also the author of two books of short stories: The Ghost of John Wayne (2001) and Circling the Tortilla Dragon (2002). His poetry has appeared in the 1999, 2000, and 2003 editions of The Best American Poetry and in The Pushcart Prize: Best of Small Presses 2000. He is the editor of twelve anthologies including No Boundaries:Prose Poems by 24 Poets. He has served as Poetry Editor of The Bloomsbury Review since 1980 and founded LUNA, a poetry journal, in 1998. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award in Literature from the Border Regional Library Association in 2003.

His forthcoming publications include two books of poetry: Faith Run (University of Arizona Press, fall 2009) and Cool Auditor: Prose Poems (BOA Editions, fall 2009) and a non-fiction book, Renaming the Earth: Personal Essays (University of Arizona Press, fall 2008).

Department Affiliations


Areas of Expertise

creative writing; U.S. Latino literature; poetry writing; creative nonfiction; contemporary American poetry; editing and publishing journals and anthologies

Selected Publications

Consideration of the Guitar: New and Selected Poems. Rochester: BOA Editions, 2005.

The Religion of Hands: Prose Poems and Short Fictions. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2004.

Human Crying Daisies: Prose Poems. Chicago: Red Hen Press, 2003.

The Hawk Temple at Tierra Grande. Rochester: BOA Editions, 2002.

Turtle Pictures. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2000.

Cabato Sentora. Rochester: BOA Editions, 1999.

The Underground Heart: Essays From Hidden Landscapes. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2002.

Memory Fever: A Journey Beyond El Paso del Norte. Seattle: Broken Moon Press, 1993. Reprinted by the University of Arizona Press, 1999.

Circling the Tortilla Dragon. Creative Arts Books, 2002.

The Ghost of John Wayne. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2001.

Graduate Courses

Poetry Writing Seminar
Reading as Writers: Spirituality and the Individual Writer
Reading Across Genres
Poetry in Translation
Readers as Writers: Flash Fiction and Non-fiction

Undergraduate Courses

Introduction to Multicultural Literature
Textual Analysis
Multicultural Novel
Literature of Rock and Roll Music
Textual Interpretation: American Nature Writing
Introduction to Modern Fiction
Introduction to Modern Poetry