CLIR Postdoc at UNM

Any postdocs out there?

University of New Mexico
CLIR Postdoctoral Fellowship in Latin American and Caribbean Studies

The University of New Mexico seeks applications for a two-year CLIR Postdoctoral Fellowship in Data Curation and Latin American, Chicano and Caribbean Studies. The fellow will help bridge gaps in the North/South information divide as part of the faculty in the College of University Libraries and Learning Sciences (CULLS), with an affiliated status at the Latin American and Iberian Institute (LAII). In the libraries, the successful fellow will collaborate with Research Data Services (RDS), Digital Initiatives and Scholarly Communication (DISC), and Latin American Collections to enhance and build upon existing custodial and post-custodial collections projects that bridge the North/South information gap in historical and contemporary contexts. Well-developed United States/Latin America partnerships in all affiliated programs offer a firm foundation for the successful fellow to develop new initiatives that enhance collections and scholarship while  implementing  equitable  and  culturally  sensitive  Latin American and Caribbean projects in data curation and digital humanities. This fellowship offers a distinctive opportunity to work across geographic boundaries and academic disciplines at a historically and culturally diverse, flagship university, which is National Resource Center for Latin America (Title VI NRC) as well as a Carnegie Classified “Highest Research Activity” and Hispanic-Serving Institution.

The successful fellow will work with digitized and born digital documents, data and metadata and a wide variety of historical texts, including: maps, personal and professional correspondence, political and legal records and accounting, travel and shipping logs. New Mexico’s history as part of the Spanish colonial empire, independent Mexico and the United States enables the fellow to traverse the changing political boundaries of the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean while investigating and improving online access to collections, data and metadata between the Americas. UNM presents excellent opportunities to work on several projects involving data curation in Latin American, Chicano and Caribbean Studies, ranging from interactive digital bibliography development, mapping and social network analysis to cross cultural data and meta-data translation and enhancement.  The successful fellow will have ample opportunity to conduct original research on data curation strategies in Latin American and Latin Americanist contexts. A strong emphasis on the ways that the fellow can contribute to data curation and post-custodial partnerships at UNM and beyond will be matched by the professional development of the fellow in the fields of Latin American, Chicano and Caribbean Studies, library science, data curation, and the digital humanities.


  • Use a variety of contemporary research methods and tools to analyze, consult and instruct diverse communities on Latin American, Chicano and Caribbean documents, data and metadata in digitalized and born-digital environments
  • Work with community stake holders to develop educational material and web resources
  • Collaborate with  Latin  American  partner  institutions  to  develop  digitally-augmented materials from Latin American archival and data sources
  • Participate in professional organizations and maintain awareness of the developing trends in digital humanities, data curation and digital scholarship, Latin American librarianship and Latin American and Chicano and Caribbean Studies
  • Assist in the development of policies and procedures for digitally-born acquisitions, metadata translations, data curation, and management
  • Provide training for students, faculty, staff, and international partners on best practices and standards that bridge North/South information gap
  • Collaborate in grant writing to support digital initiatives and scholarly communications across borders
  • Work with library departments, technical experts, and community partners to enhance access to Latin American and Caribbean data



  • Ph.D. completed within the last five years in a relevant field
  • Reading and writing knowledge of Spanish
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse populations and in interdisciplinary environments


  • Familiarity with or desire to learn HTML, JavaScript, CSS, and Drupal
  • Familiarity with or desire to learn GIS data and mapping tools, and social networking technologies and international data curation practices
  • Demonstrated understanding of North/South issues in libraries, archives and the internet
  • Experience with or demonstrated aptitude for digital humanities technologies, tools and methods to organize and make discoverable digital surrogates and digitally-born data
  • Ability to work with a wide range of individuals to identify key problems and contribute to teams that develop solutions
  • Demonstrated knowledge of digital audio and/or video formats
  • Experience with metadata standards and/or RDF/Linked Data
  • Scholarly focus on topics in Latin American, Chicano or Caribbean Studies
  • Demonstrated excellence in reading, writing, and speaking Spanish
  • Experience with or demonstrated knowledge of digital platforms across the Americas


  • Training in Research Data Services (RDS), Digital Initiatives and Scholarly Communications (DISC), and Latin American Collections in the libraries
  • Collaborative opportunities with interdisciplinary scholars in UNM’s Latin American and Iberian Institute (LAII) working groups
  • Collaborative working relationships with  local  organizations  such  as  the  National Hispanic Cultural Center and the New Mexico Humanities Council
  • Opportunities to work with staff who have a variety of technical and domain-specific skill sets
  • Access to technology support and consultation services from CULLS IT staff members which maintains the Libraries’ technical infrastructure
  • Participation in the intellectual life of the CULLS and the LAII, including speaker’s series, symposia, and workshops
  • Option of co-teaching  in  Latin  American  Studies  or  Organizational  Learning and Information Sciences
  • Membership in a vibrant community of Latin Americanists and Chicano scholars and artists
  • Networking and research opportunities with Latin American partner institutions

The salary for this position is $65,000 with benefits including: medical, dental, vision, and life insurance; FSA; 403(b) and 457(b) eligibility; and discounts for UNM Athletic and Popejoy events, and local businesses that are part of the LoboPerks program.


The University of New Mexico is located in Albuquerque, the 60th largest metropolitan area in the US. Set between the scenic Sandia Mountains and the Rio Grande, Albuquerque is home to diverse cultures, a vibrant arts scene, sporting events, fantastic local cuisine and easy access to myriad recreational opportunities. The College of University Libraries and Learning Sciences at UNM is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Greater Western Library Alliance, and the New Mexico Consortium of Academic Libraries.  The LAII is an NRC for Latin America.

Latin American collections include nearly 850,000 print and electronic books  in English, Spanish, Portuguese and indigenous languages. Supporting research across all UNM colleges, these comprehensive holdings also include 13,000 digitized archival pieces, 5000 repository manuscripts, and sizable archival collections in the Center for Southwest Research and Special Collections. The following post-custodial collections make shared materials openly accessible through UNM platforms: Fideicomiso Archivo Plutarco Elias Calles y Fernando Torreblanca (FAPECFT), Hemispheric Research  Institute  (HEMI),  Spanish  Colonial  Research  Center (SCRC), Abya Yala and the Latin American Energy Policy, Regulation and Dialogue (LaEnergaia).

UNM’s RDS program works with diverse disciplines across UNM in the planning for and management, analysis, documentation, preservation, and sharing of research data through UNM’s Digital Repository (, and through other disciplinary repositories. Examples of these data include environmental and ecological data from large-scale research programs, Spanish and indigenous language data and applications, and spatially enhanced document collections.

The University Libraries’ Digital Initiatives and Scholarly Communication (DISC) program develops online resources that promote access to, strengthen the awareness of and digitally preserve  the  cultural  heritage  of  New  Mexico  and  the  greater  Southwest.  The  University Libraries also operate an independent IT services unit that provides comprehensive technology support for all library online initiatives, and maintains an enterprise-class virtual server environment, extensive data storage facilities, and active collaborations with the UNM Center for Advanced Research Computing.

The LAII is designated a National Resource Center (NRC) for Latin America by the US Department of Education. It promotes greater understanding of Latin America and Iberia within and beyond UNM. LAII coordinates and supports the Latin American work of some 119 faculty with research and teaching specializations representing nine colleges at UNM. LAII provides a range of support services, including conference and research travel, funding for visiting speakers, interdisciplinary research working groups, and seed funding for external grant applications. In collaboration with UNM’s Global Education Office, LAII assists in negotiating and maintaining inter-institutional agreements abroad. In addition to offering interdisciplinary Latin American Studies BA, MA and PhD degrees, LAII collaborates on multiple dual degree programs with professional schools.


Macondo Writers Workshop 2018

Please keep in mind that I am in no way affiliated with this, but just passing the information on.

Applications are being accepted for Macondo 2018!

Click to Dowload Application: 2018MacondoApplication

The deadline is Friday, February 16, 2018.

Please help us spread the word about our open applications to Macondistas, literary list-serves, literary organizations, and writers.

Macondo Writers Workshop July 24 – 29, 2018

Workshops Instructors:

Fiction: Reyna Grande

Poetry: Allison Adelle Hedge Coke

Creative Non-Fiction: Stephanie Elizondo Griest

Generative Writing: Pat Alderete and Amelia Montes

Where: Texas A&M University-San Antonio, One University Way, San Antonio, TX 78224

The Macondo Writers Workshop is an association of socially-engaged writers working to advance creativity, foster generosity, and serve community. Founded in 1998 by writer Sandra Cisneros and named after the town in Gabriel García Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude, the workshop gathers writers from all genres who work on geographic, cultural, economic, gender, and spiritual borders.

CfP: Critical Feminist Exits, Re-Routings, and Institutional Betrayals in Academia

“Critical Feminist Exits, Re-Routings, and Institutional Betrayals in Academia”

a Special Issue of Feminist Formations

Full papers due February 15, 2018

Edited by Marta Maria Maldonado and Katja M. Guenther

While universities often identify diversity as an important concern and goal, the neo-liberalization of academic contexts has in many ways fostered the entrenchment and rearticulation of hegemonic racial and gendered ideologies and practices. As a result, critical scholars often face institutional environments that are hostile and/or unresponsive to their concerns and perspectives, and broadly speaking, to issues critical to women, LGBITQ people, people of color, and other marginalized groups. Scholars who experience discrimination, bullying, harassment, and/or hostile work environments may find themselves relocated, either by “choice” or as an outcome of administrative processes.

This special issue focuses on the politics of the movement of critical feminist scholars—those who routinely challenge racialized, gendered, ableist, heteronormative or homophobic, and/or first-worldist scripts within their fields or departments, through their embodied presence and their substantive work. We invite manuscripts that map out and examine scholars’ movements within, across, and out of academic institutions.

Of interest also are analyses of how administrators and academic institutions initiate, negotiate, and/or respond to moves and exits by critical scholars. We seek thoughtful examination of institutional failures to support critical feminist scholars, analysis of the consequences of such failures, as well as discussion of administrative responses that embrace and support critical feminist scholars and their work, as a way to identify transformative possibilities.

The fact that critical feminist scholars move within, across (and sometimes out of) academic institutions is not new. It is also not unique, as scholars whose work is not particularly feminist or critical move and exit academic units and institutions routinely. The premise that motivates this special issue, however, is that there are particular institutional and structural constraints and conditions which impel the moves and exits of critical scholars, especially of those who occupy marginalized social locations through their embodiment of non-dominant ethnoracial and gendered characteristics, identities, and histories. Also, the consequences of moves and exits are likely to be different for critical scholars from marginalized social locations than for “mainstream” scholars occupying dominant social locations. For example, given dominant ideologies of gender, sexuality, and race in academic contexts, the actions and rationales of scholars from marginalized social locations are likely to be coded or interpreted negatively, and even dismissed, with repercussions for the racialized and gendered academic enterprise of knowledge production.

The Guest Editors encourage submission of manuscripts that sustain and advance critical, systemic reflection on and analysis of the following (and related) questions:

• What factors drive the exit/movement of critical feminist scholars from one department/unit/institution to another? What kinds of marginalization and epistemic and/or political friction prompt such moves?
• Are there disciplinary/academic sites that routinely expunge critical feminist scholars or fail to stop them from leaving? What are the various types of receiving sites?
• What kinds of issues within “critical academic units” like Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies or Ethnic Studies cause critical feminist scholars to leave them? What role do differing understandings of equity and social justice play in such moves?
• To what extent are several types of moves understood as voluntary or as a matter of “personal choice?” Who gets to make choices, and under which constraints?
• What is revealed when we shift focus from individual to collective exits and moves? To what extent can we think of critical feminist exoduses, or even exiles? What does it mean to consider those who have not necessarily chosen to exit particular contexts, but who have been effectively banished, displaced, removed, dispossessed, disappeared, or exiled from particular spaces, or from the academy more broadly? Who replaces those who leave (or are forced to leave)?
• What are the implications of the exits of critical feminist scholars for feminist practice and institutional transformation?
• How do critical feminist scholars negotiate exits in different types of institutions (e.g., research university, 4-year teaching college, community college, research institute, etc.)?
• Are opportunities and limitations for critical feminist scholars similar across national contexts? Do administrative responses vary across nations?
• What propels some critical feminist scholars outside of academia altogether?
• How does the movement of critical feminist scholars vary across career levels (grad students, ladder- rank, contingent faculty) and what are the implications at different levels?
• How are exits and re-routings managed, justified, and understood/explained by the scholar who moves, the sending unit, the receiving unit, and by administrators?
• What happens after a move? How do relocated faculty discover and negotiate the constraints that unfold as they confront sexist/ableist/racist/settler/class/sexuality hegemonies within the receiving department?
• What are the (positive or negative) consequences of critical exits for individual faculty, departments, campuses (including students), and disciplines? Do such exits influence how interdisciplinarity is understood and valued? How does the social location of the exiting scholar shape the consequences of moving?
• What lessons accrue for universities and administrators who care about equity, inclusion, diverse knowledges, social justice? What types of interventions are effective at addressing the negative drivers and consequences of critical academic migrations? What does a critical feminist agenda regarding such movements look like?

We welcome submissions from scholars across disciplines, as well as analyses that draw on personal experience with critical feminist exits.

Papers should be submitted on our Submittable page directly.

Manuscripts must be submitted by February 15, 2018.

Author(s) should provide all identifying information, including name, title, institutional affiliation, address, phone numbers, and email. Following the deadline, guest editors will review the manuscripts and determine those to be sent for full review.

Manuscripts will be subject to anonymous peer review and must adhere to the publishing guidelines of Feminist Formations, available at where there is a style guide, submission checklist, anonymization guide, and a sample article. Questions about the submission process may be sent to Editorial assistants Andrés López and LK Mae at

Inquiries to the co-editors in advance of submission are welcome: Marta Maria Maldonado and Katja M. Guenther

Feminist Formations is a leading journal of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, published three times a year by the Johns Hopkins University Press. It is housed in the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at Oregon State University, under the editorship of Patti Duncan. For more information, see


How many of these have you read? I need to step my game up!


Original post by Jasmine Mendez found here:

When it comes to lists, Afro-Latinx writers and artists often get excluded from lists that feature Latinx authors. While the African-American community often WILL include us, our Latinx heritage sometimes is ignored or swept under the rug in those lists too. That is why, as an Afro-Latinx writer, I decided to make my own list to highlight the exceptional literature that has been written by us and for us in the past couple of years or that is forthcoming in 2018!

The following books explore themes of identity, cultura, raza, family, home, mental health, illness, politics, feminism, queerness and all the joys and traumas that make us who we are and that speak to the beauty of all our intersectionalities. If you wanted to learn more about what it means to be Afro-Latinx, the work of these authors is the place to start!

Here are 10 poetry books that are by Afro-Latinx writers or anthologize our work that you need to have on your bookshelf today! I (will)own all of these and so should you! (I mean, if you really believe in inclusivity and all…) – Oh and full disclosure, yes most these amazing writers are my friends…because that IS how these lists work…those of us who make lists put our friends on them….if anyone tries to tell you it works some other way…they’re LYING. But I promise you, all these poets are BEAST(cause even some of their titles say so)!

If you’re an Afro-Latinx writer and want me to read your work, or learn more about you..please submit your work to the Queen Mob’s Teahouse Special Call for Submissions! I am looking for new and established Afro-Latinx poets to share their work with me!!! Submissions close Jan 15, 2018.



Chapbook by Elizabeth Acevedo, YesYes Books, Oct 2016.

Beastgirl & Other Origin Myths is a collection of folkloric poems centered on the historical, mythological, gendered and geographic experiences of a first generation American woman. From the border in the Dominican Republic, to the bustling streets of New York City, Acevedo considers how some bodies must walk through the world as beastly beings. How these forgotten myths be both blessing and birthright.”

Elizabeth also has a phenomenal YA novel written in verse titled The Poet X (Harper Collins, 2017). Check it out!



Chapbook by Ariana Brown, Fall 2017

“messy girl is a chapbook of poems about depression, heartbreak, femininity, & healing–an attempt at unraveling the lies I inherited about womanhood & required suffering. in the spring & summer of 2014, I could barely hold myself together. recovering from a messy break-up & constant financial stress left me ashamed at how “not okay” I felt, all of the time.

I wrote poems as a way to document, because I was afraid of disappearing into my own silence. three years later, I know these poems were written by a girl who alone insisted on her own survival, despite her impossible circumstances. I have excavated, re-purposed, & added new work to these poems in the hopes that you find them healing, too.”


Chapbook by Rio Cortez, Jai-Alai Books, Miami, FL, 2016.

“Don’t be fooled by the title’s trendy embrace of the empty—these poems are rock solid. The chapbook opens with the speaker unabashedly ensconcing herself in a Sun Capsule Super Cyclone 350 tanning bed, “the only black / girl at Future Tan Tanning / Salon.” Examining her own reflection, in the violet light with goggles over her eyes, she asserts, “I like the way I look / darker & like a time-traveler. . . . ” This first poem ends in a kind of holding pattern—“I think I’m sad / or something worry how much time / has passed since I’ve been here”—and the poems that follow deliver on this promise of suspended time and bodily unease.”-Kenyon Review



 Chapbook by Malcolm Friend

“mxd kd mixtape hits all the right young poet notes: identity, awareness, inquiry, a politically charged imagination with the right doses of social value. Friend alludes to our heroes, our irony, our singers, as he sifts through the nuances of diaspora, untold stories, and lyrical re-interpretations of Black Caribbean complexes. This debut asks us to confront our biases, our mask-wearing tendencies, our ability to stay silent; it resists the violence of definitions until we have no choice but to sing. Friend’s poetry does what all good albums of their time seek to do: set the record straight.”

— Willie Perdomo, author of The Essential Hits of Shorty Bon Bon



Chapbook by Raina J. Leon, Oakland, CA:  Nomadic Press (Chapbook), September 2016

“Profeta Without Refuge engages in poetic experimentation through the writing of an Afrocentric and womanist creation myth in resistance to state-sanctioned violence against Black and brown peoples.  The book includes poems in the voices of three characters: the creator goddess of a Black immortal people; her human daughter who carries the vivid memories of generational trauma and joy; and the poet who serves as witness to reality and creator of the surreal as survival mechanism in our tumultuous times.”

Raina also has several full length poetry collections including:
Sombra: Dis(locate). Ireland: Salmon Poetry, February 2016
Boogeyman Dawn. Ireland: Salmon Poetry, October 2013
Canticle of Idols. Cincinnati, OH: Wordtech Communications. Inc., 2008



Poetry/Prose by Jennifer Maritza McCauley, Stalking Horse Press, Oct. 2017

“Jennifer Maritza McCauley’s ‘Scar On/Scar Off’ runs the borderlands of mestiza consciousness, by turns neon-lit and beating, defiant and clashing, searching and struggling, in fistfuls of recognition, in constant pursuit of intersections and dualities. Drawing on Audre Lorde, Gloria Anzaldua, Toni Morrison, Claudia Rankine, and the inspirations of her late friend Monica A. Hand, through polyglossia and hybrid text, McCauley evokes vividly the relationships between psyche and city, identity and language. In the rhythm and snap of these poems and fragmentary stories, we find echoes of Sarah Webster Fabio, Beyonce, flamenco, Nikki Giovanni, street slang, danger and hope. This is a profound collection, a rebel language.’”



Poetry Collection by Julian Randall, Forthcoming, University of Pittsburgh Press, Fall 2018.

Julian Randall is a Living Queer Black poet from Chicago. A Pushcart Prize nominee, he has received fellowships from Callaloo, BOAAT and the Watering Hole and was the 2015 National College Slam (CUPSI) Best Poet. Julian is the curator of Winter Tangerine Review’s Lineage of Mirrors and a poetry editor for Freezeray Magazine. He is also a co-founder of the Afrolatinx poetry collective Piel Cafe. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in publications such as NepantlaRattleNinth LetterVinylPrairie Schooner and The Adroit Journal among others. He is an MFA candidate in poetry at the University of Mississippi.”


Poetry by Nicole Sealey, Harper Collins, Fall 2017


“The existential magnitude, deep intellect, and playful subversion of St. Thomas-born, Florida-raised poet Nicole Sealey’s work is restless in its empathic, succinct examination and lucid awareness of what it means to be human.

The ranging scope of inquiry undertaken in Ordinary Beast—at times philosophical, emotional, and experiential—is evident in each thrilling twist of image by the poet. In brilliant, often ironic lines that move from meditation to matter of fact in a single beat, Sealey’s voice is always awake to the natural world, to the pain and punishment of existence, to the origins and demises of humanity. Exploring notions of race, sexuality, gender, myth, history, and embodiment with profound understanding, Sealey’s is a poetry that refuses to turn a blind eye or deny. It is a poetry of daunting knowledge. ”


Poetry by Yesenia Montilla, Willow Books Emerging Poets & Writers Series, October 2015


“From The Pink Box’s opening poem, Yesenia Montilla establishes herself as a poet for whom language is not only how we communicate but how we live. Throughout this collection, the reader is presented with a voice consistently aware of the stakes of a given situation, aware that for every dream there is a struggle. Whether it is a painful memory as insistent as the sound of a subway train buckling along on its track, or a moment of celebration via ghazal, ode, or haiku, Montilla keeps the reader close to the action of life. When the speaker of a later poem states, “I want to live in service of one action today, poetry,” they are declaring the heart of Montilla’s vision.” –by José Angel Araguz, The Volta Blog (read review)



A first-ever anthology of poetry by Afro-Latinos

“‘We defy translation,’ Sandra Maria Esteves writes. “Nameless/we are a whole culture/once removed.” She is half Dominican, half Puerto Rican, with indigenous and African blood, born in the Bronx. Like so many of the contributors, she is a blend of cultures, histories and languages.

Containing the work of more than 40 poets equally divided between men and women who self-identify as Afro-Latino, ¡Manteca! is the first poetry anthology to highlight writings by Latinos of African descent. The themes covered are as diverse as the authors themselves. Many pieces rail against a system that institutionalizes poverty and racism. Others remember parents and grandparents who immigrated to the United States in search of a better life, only to learn that the American Dream is a nightmare for someone with dark skin and nappy hair. But in spite of the darkness, faith remains. Anthony Morales’ grandmother, like so many others, was “hardwired to hold on to hope.” There are love poems to family and lovers. And music salsa, merengue, jazz permeates this collection.

Editor and scholar Melissa Castillo-Garsow writes in her introduction that “the experiences and poetic expression of Afro-Latinidad were so diverse” that she could not begin to categorize it. Some write in English, others in Spanish. They are Puerto Rican, Dominican and almost every combination conceivable, including Afro-Mexican. Containing the work of well-known writers such as Pedro Pietri, Miguel Pinero and E. Ethelbert Miller, less well-known ones are ready to be discovered in these pages.”