Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature
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Lourdes Gil is primarily a poet and essayist. She came to Baruch in 2000 to teach in the Modern Languages Department as well as in the Department of Black and Hispanic Studies. She has a B.A. from Fordham University, and attended the Universidad Complutense de Madrid for her graduate studies. She holds an M.A. from New York University.
Her poetry collections include El cerco de las transfiguraciones, Empieza la ciudad, Blanca aldaba preludia, Vencido el fuego de la especie and Neumas. Additionally, her poems have been anthologized in Burnt Sugar: A Cuban Anthology, edited by Oscar Hijuelos; Las palabras son islas, and published by Editorial Letras Cubanas in Havana.
Poetas cubanos del siglo XX, Editorial Hiperión, Madrid; La Cervantiada, edited by Julio Ortega in El Colegio de México, and others. Her essays on the art and literature of the Cuban Diaspora have been included in books, journals and encyclopedias. Among them, Inventing América, edited by Miles Orvell; Bridges to Cuba, edited by Ruth Behar; ReMembering Cuba: Legacy of a Diaspora, edited by Andrea O’Reilly Herrera; Las relaciones culturales entre Estados Unidos y America Latina después de la Guerra Fría, edited by Ellen Spielmann and published by UNAM.
She also participated in the historic “First Symposium of Writers from Inside and Outside Cuba,” held in Stockholm in 1994, and her lecture was published in Bipolaridad de la cultura cubana by the Olof Palme International Center of Sweden.
Lourdes Gil has been the recipient of writing fellowships from The Ford Foundation, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, The Poetry Society of America and the Oscar Cintas Foundation. Writer’s residency fellowships include the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Vermont Studio Center, Casa de Andrés Bello in Caracas, Venezuela, and the US-Japan Foundation.
Professor Gil teaches courses on Latin American history and culture, women’s studies and literature in translation. Some of her recent courses include Latin American and Caribbean Studies, New Political Trends in Latin America, Cuban Society and Culture and Latinas: A Social and Cultural Survey. She has also taught writing workshops at The New School for Social Research University and at QMW-University of London.