Jose B. Gonzalez was born in San Salvador, El Salvador and immigrated to New London, Connecticut at the age of eight. He knew no English and now holds a Ph.D. in English. A nationally known speaker, Gonzalez has presented at various colleges such as Harvard, Rutgers, and Cornell University; countries including Mexico, Spain, and El Salvador; and institutions including the Smithsonian Latino Center and the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian. He has been a contributor to National Public Radio and has published poetry in such journals as Quercus Review, Callaloo, and Acentos Review, and anthologies including the Norton Introduction to Literature, Theatre Under My Skin: Contemporary Salvadoran Poetry, Wandering Song: Central American Writing in the United States, and Latino Boom: An Anthology of U.S. Latino Literature, which he also co-edited. A Fulbright Scholar, he has received national and regional awards for his teaching, for his efforts to improve the conditions of Latinos pursuing a college degree or a career in higher education, and for his poetry. One of the major Salvadoran-American poets in the U.S., he is the author of the poetry collections, Toys Made of Rock, an International Latino Book Award Finalist, and When Love Was Reels. He is the founder and editor of LatinoStories.Com.
Titles by This Author:
Toys Made of Rock
When Love Was Reels
Latino Boom: An Anthology of U.S. Latino Literature (with John S. Christie)