Juan Armando Rojas JooJuan Armando Rojas Joo

Associate Professor of Modern Foreign Languages

Education

B.A., M.A., University of Texas at El Paso
Ph.D., University of Arizona

Postdoctoral Studies, Amherst College

About

Born in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, México, Juan Armando Rojas Joo completed his Ph.D. at the University of Arizona in 2002, was the Andrew W. Mellon Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor at Amherst College, Massachusetts, from 2002–2004, and he received his B.A. and M.A. in Spanish from the University of Texas at El Paso. Rojas has also been invited to teach literature seminars at the Universidad Autónoma Benito Juárez de Oaxaca, and the Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua, México. During the Spring of 2011, Rojas was honored by the Universade de Coimbra, Portugal, as the resident poet.

Rojas has a primary area of specialization in Latin American Literature and its cultures, and secondary areas in Literary Theory, Colonial Literature, and Peninsular Literature of the XIXth and XXth Centuries. Presently his main professional and personal interests are Academic Leadership, Mexican and Border Studies, and Poetry.

Rojas’ scholar and literary work has been published in reviews and anthologies of several countries, and as a poet has published Luz / Light (2013), Vertebral River / Río vertebral (2009, 2002), Ceremonial of Wind / Ceremonial de viento (2006), Santuarios desierto mar (2004), and Lluvia de lunas (1999). In 2004, Rojas co-edited the anthology Canto a una ciudad en el desierto, a poetic denouncement against femicide, and most recently a bilingual anthology, Sangre mía/ Blood of Mine: Poetry of Border Violence, Gender and Identity in Ciudad Juárez (2013).

Publications / Presentations

  • Rojas, Juan Armando. Río vertebral/Vertebral River. Trans. Jennifer Rathbun. San Antonio, Texas: Pecan Grove Press, 2009.
  • Rojas, Juan Armando. Foreword: “La ritualidad del círculo de Daniel Montoloy.” La ritualidad del círculo. Scott Depot, West Virginia: Obsidiana Press, 2008: 7–12.
  • Rojas, Juan Armando. “El puente / The Bridge.” Trans. Jennifer Rathbun. Puerto del sol: a Journal of New Literature. Winter (2009): 144-145.
  • Rojas, Juan Armando. “Un Puente Un Viaje Un Rio.” Lunazeta: revista de creación, análisis y reflexión. July–December 28 (2008): 34.
  • Rojas, Juan Armando. “Repercusiones de una ciudad llamada Juárez.” La mujer rota: homenaje antológico a las mujeres rotas del mundo en el centenario del natalicio de Simone de Beauvoir. Guadalajara, México: Literalia Editores, 2008.
  • Rojas, Juan Armando. “Responso.” La mujer rota: homenaje antológico a las mujeres rotas del mundo en el centenario del natalicio de Simone de Beauvoir. Guadalajara, México: Literalia Editores, 2008.
  • Rojas, Juan Armando. “Ricardo Yáñez: la poética de la mismidad.” Studies in Honor of Lanin A. Gyurko. Ed. Ruth Munoz-Hjelm. Newark, New Jersey: Juan de la Cuesta-Hispanic Monographs, 2009: 215–231.
  • “Ceremonial de viento/Ceremonial of Wind” (Mexico City, 2006)
  • “Canto a una ciudad en el desierto” (Mexico City, 2004)
  • “Santuarios desierto mar” (Chihuahua, 2004)
  • “Rio vertebral” (Chihuahua UP 2002)
  • “Lluvia de lunas” (Mexico City, 1999)

OWU Faculty Speakers Bureau Topics

Learning a Second Language
US-Mexico Border Region

Contact Info

Location

University Hall #201
Ohio Wesleyan University
Delaware, OH 43015
P 740-368-3694