Faculty Faculty : Department of English : University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota
Department of English

Department of English


Ray Gonzalez


Department of English
University of oMinnesota
310E Lind Hall
207 Church Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Special Interests

  • Editing and publishing journals and anthologies
  • Creative writing
  • U.S. Latino Literature
  • Poetry writing
  • Creative nonfiction
  • Contemporary American poetry


Honors & Awards

  • Minnesota Book Award Finalist in Anthologies for No Boundaries: Prose Poems by 24 American Poets, 2004
  • Lifetime Achievement Award for Literature, Border Regional Library Association, February 2003.
  • Minnesota Book Award in Poetry for The Hawk Temple at Tierra Grande, April 2003
  • Citation from National Book Critics Cirle Award for The Hawk Temple at Tierra Grande, March 2003
  • Winner Best Book of Non-fiction for The Underground Heart, Texas Institute of Letters, April 2003.
  • Finalist for Minnesota Book Award in Non-fiction for The Underground Heart, April 2003
  • Finalist in Poetry for The Hawk Temple at Tierra Grande, Texas Institute of Letters, March 2003.
  • Best Non-fiction Books of the Year for Underground Heart, Rockly Mountain News, December 2002.
  • Best Southwest Books of the Year for Underground Heart, Arizona Humanitites Commission, Fall 2002.
  • Loft McKnight Fellowship in Poetry, 2002-2003
  • McKnight Research Award, 2002-2005
  • Humanities Institute Fellowship, 2002-2003
  • CLA Scholarly Events Fund for 2002 Minnesota Poetry Festival, April 2002
  • Western Heritage Foundation Award in Short Fiction, February 2002
  • Anonymous gift through CLA for LUNA journal, August 2001
  • Minnesota Book Award in Poetry (for Turtle Pictures), 2001
  • The Loft Literary Center Career Initiative Fellowship, 2000
  • McKnight Land Grant Professorship, 1999-2001
  • The President's Multicultural Research Award, 1999-2001
  • Grant-in-Aid Research Award, 1999
  • Fellowship in Poetry, Illinois Arts Council, 1998
  • PEN-Oakland Josephine Miles Book Award for Excellence in Literature, 1997
  • American Book Award for Editing, The Before Columbus Foundation, 1993
  • Elected into The Texas Institute of Letters, 1991
  • Individual Artists Fellowship, Department of Arts & Cultural Affairs of San Antonio, 1990
  • Creative Fellowship in Literature, Colorado Council on the Arts, 1989
  • Publishing Fellowship, Colorado Council on the Arts, 1989
  • Colorado Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts, 1988
  • Four Corners Book Award in Poetry, Arizona Commission on the Arts, 1988
  • Publishing Fellowship, Colorado Council on the Arts, 1988



  • Education
    • M.F.A., Creative Writing, Southwest Texas State University
    • B.A., Creative Writing, The University of Texas at El Paso
  • Academic Appointments
    • Professor, University of Minnesota, 2002-
    • Associate Professor, University of Minnesota, 2000-2002
    • Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota, 1998-2000
    • Assistant Professor of English and Latin American Studies, University of Illinois-Chicago, 1996-1998


  • Poetry (sole author)
    • Consideration of the Guitar: New and Selected Poems (BOA Editions, Forthcoming fall 2005), 150 pages.
    • The Religion of Hands: Prose Poems and Short Fictions (University of Arizona Press, Forthcoming Fall 2004), 115 pages.
    • Human Crying Daisies: Prose Poems (Red Hen Press, November 2003)
    • The Hawk Temple at Tierra Grande (BOA Editions, 2002) 100 pages.
    • Turtle Pictures (University of Arizona Press, 2000) 130 pages.
    • Cabato Sentora (BOA Editions, Rochester, New York), January 1999, 128 pages.
    • The Heat of Arrivals (BOA Editions, 1996), winner PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles Book Award
    • Railroad Face (Chile Verde Press, San Antonio, Texas, 1995) 82 pages.
    • Twilights and Chants (James Andrews & Company, Golden Colorado, 1987), winner of Four Corners Book Award in Poetry
    • From the Restless Roots (Arte Publico Press, University of Houston, 1985)
  • Essays (sole author)
    • The Underground Heart: Essays From Hidden Landscapes (University of Arizona Press, September 2002). 250 pages.
    • Memory Fever: A Journey Beyond El Paso del Norte (Broken Moon Press, Seattle, 1993; Reprinted by the University of Arizona Press, September 1999) 180 pages.
  • Fiction (sole author)
    • Circling the Tortilla Dragon: Short Fiction (Creative Arts Books, October 2002). 160 pages.
    • The Ghost of John Wayne (University of Arizona Press, November 2001) 150 pages.
  • Anthologies (sole editor)
    • Luna: A Journal of Poetry and Translation, Volume 6, September 2003
    • No Boundaries: Prose Poems by 24 American Poets (Tupelo Press, July 2003)
    • Luna: a journal of poetry and translation, Volume 4, May 2001. 160 pages
    • Luna: a journal of poetry and translation, Volume 3, October 2000. 160 pages.
    • Touching the Fire: Fifteen Poets of the Latino Renaissance (forthcoming, Anchor/Doubleday, 1998)
    • Muy Macho: Latino Men on Self-Identity (Anchor/Doubleday, 1996)
    • Under the Pomegranate Tree: Contemporary Latino Erotica (Pocket Books, 1996)
    • Contemporary Poetry from Texas (University of Texas Press, 1995)
    • Currents From the Dancing River: Contemporary Latino Literature (Harcourt, Brace, 1994)
    • Mirrors Beneath the Earth: Chicano Short Fiction (Curbstone Press, 1992)
    • After Aztlan: Latino Poets in the Nineties (David r. Godine Publishers, 1992)
    • Without Discovery: A Narrative Response to Columbus (Broken Moon Press, 1992)
    • The Guadalupe Review (Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, 1991)
    • Tracks in the Snow: Essays by Colorado Poets (Mesilla Press, 1988)
    • Crossing the River: Poets of the Western U. S. (Permanent Press, 1987)
    • City Kite on a Wire: 38 Denver Poets (Mesilla Press, 1986)
  • Other Publications
    • "Max Jacob's Shoes" (poem) in Best American Poetry 2003. Ed. Yusef Komunyakaa (Scribners, 2003), p. 78.
    • "Kiva Floor at Abo," "Federico Garcia Lorca's Desk," "I Am Afraid of the Moon," "Kick the Heart," "Under the Freeway in El Paso," "White" (poems), and "The Composition of Landscape" (essay) in Contemporary American Poetry Behind the Scenes. Ed. Ryan Van Cleave (Longman Publishers, 2003), pp 112-125
    • "Three Snakes, Strawberry Canyon" (poem) in From Totems to Hip-Hop: Poetry Across the Americas 1900-2002. Ed. Ishmael Reed (THunder's Mouth Press, 2003), pp 24-25.
    • "Peace Grove" (essay) in Poetry Daily: Poems from the World's Most Popular Poetry Website. Eds. Diane Boller, Don Selby, Chryss Yost (Sourcebooks, 2003), p 156.
    • "Granadilla" (poem) in American Poetry Review (Setpember/October 2003), p. 20
    • "The Hiding" and "The Light at Mesilla, New Mexico" (poems) in Bitter Oleander. Volume 9, Number 2 (Spring 2003), pp 24-27.
    • "The Grape" and "Before Angels" (poems) in Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art. Number 37 (Spring 2003), pp 70-71.
    • "The Oldest House in Santa Fe" and "Custer Monument, Little Bighorn Battlefield" (essays) in Cream City Review. Volume 27 (Spring 2003), pp 77-79.
    • "The Blessing" (poem) in Indiana Review. Volume 25 (Summer 2003), p. 240.
    • "Mercado" (poem) in Orion (January/February 2003), pp. 9-10.
    • "Every Ten Years, A Hawk Kills Before Me," "The Old Man in the Glass Jar" (poems), and "Ray Gonzalez Returns to a Hidden Landscape"( interview) in Rio Grande Review. Volume 22 (Spring 2003), pp/ 74-84.
    • "The Phantom" (poem) in River Styx. Volume 62 (Summer 2003), p. 121.
    • An interview with Gretel Ehrlich in Ruminator Review (Summer 2003), pp. 20.21.
    • "The Properties of Magic" (short story) in Tameme (Fall 2003), p. 46.
    • "Mixtlyxta Trace" and "Immigration" (poems) in Terra Incognita. Number 4 (Novemver 2003), pp. 32-34.
    • "Immediacy" and "Into" (poems) in Verse. Volume 17, Number 3. pp. 98-100.
    • "The Promises of Glass" (poem) in Water-Stone Review. Volume 6, Number 1 (Fall 2003). p. 255.


  • Graduate Seminars
    • EngW 8120: Poetry Writing Seminar
  • Combined graduate and undergraduate courses
    • EngW 5310: Reading as Writers: Spirituality and the Individual Writer

Other Activities

  • Poetry Mentor for SASE: A Write Place Literary Center, Summer 2001
  • Founding Editor for LUNA Magazine, 1999-2001
  • Final manuscript judge for New Rivers Press' Minnesota Voices Project, September 1999
  • Manuscript Outside Evaluator for The University of Arizona Press and The University of Nevada Press, 1998-
  • Advisory Board - CreArte Chicano Arts Center - Minneapolis, Minnesota for their visiting writer's series, Fall 1998
  • Nominating Member for Lannan Literary Fellowships, Spring 1998
  • Board of Directors, The Associated Writing Programs, 1994-97
  • Literature Applications Review Panel - Illinois Arts Council, 1996-97
  • Literature Applications Review Panel - Pennsylvania Arts Council, Fall 1997
  • Director, Street Sounds Writing Project in Chicago, Spring 1997
  • Manuscript Outside Evaluator for National Textbook Company, Chicago, for anthology of Latino literature, October 1996
  • The Loft Literary Center Mentor Program Consultant, Minneapolis, October 1996
  • Panelist, Fiction Fellowships, The National Endowment for the Arts, 1994
  • Judge, The National Poetry Series, 1992
  • Chairperson, Los Angeles Times Book Review book Awards for Poetry panel, 1993-94
  • Grants panelist, The Texas Commission on the Arts, The Texas Literary Task Force, Council of Literary Magazines and Small Presses, The Colorado Council on the Arts, The Arizona Arts Commission, The Ohio Arts Commission, The Wyoming Arts Council, Illinois Arts Council
  • Manuscript Judge, Associated Writing Programs, The National Writers Club, The Texas Institute of Letters, The Loft, The Patterson Poetry Prize, The Lannan Foundation
  • Literature Program Director, Guadalupe Arts Center, San Antonio, Texas, 1990-1994
  • Director, Colorado Poetry Festival, 1988-1989
  • Editor and Publisher of Mesilla Press, 1984-
  • Poetry Editor, The Bloomsbury Review, 1982-

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