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J. Enrique Ojeda

J Enrique Ojeda, a professor at Boston College in Newton, Massachusetts, for 30 years, is the author of several books about Latin American literature and has been called “the world’s leading authority” on Ecuadoran poet Jorge Carrera Andrade. Ojeda has also written extensively on Ecuadoran novelist Jorge Icaza. Ojeda grew up in Quito, Ecuador. He attended prep school at Quito’s Colegio Loyola, a Jesuit institution, then earned BA and MA degrees at the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador. Moving to the U.S., Ojeda earned an MA in French Literature at the University of Cincinnati in 1959. In 1966, Ojeda earned a Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures from Harvard University. His Ph.D. thesis at Harvard University was on the life and literary work of Ecuadorian poet Jorge Carrera Andrade.

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Steven Ford Brown

Steven Ford Brown’s translations of Jorge Carrera Andrade (Quito, Ecuador), Ana Maria Fagundo (The Canary Islands, Spain), Pere Gimferrer (Barcelona, Spain), Ángel González (Oviedo, Spain), Pablo de Rokha (Santiago, Chile), and Nicomedes Suarez-Arauz (Santa Ana De Yacuma, Bolivia), have appeared in The Christian Science Monitor, The Harvard Review, Poetry, Quarterly West, and Verse. Excerpts from his translation of Astonishing World: The Selected Poems of Ángel González, 1956-1986 (Milkweed Editions, 1993) were included in The Vintage Anthology of Contemporary World Poetry, edited by J.D. McClatchy (Vintage/Random House, 1996). Additional books by Brown include Edible Amazonia: Twenty-One Poems from God’s Amazonian Recipe Book, translations of the poetry of Nicomedes Suarez-Arauz, (Bitter Oleander Press, 2002); Century of the Death of the Rose: Selected Poems of Jorge Carrera Andrade1926-1976 (NewSouth Books, 2002); Microgramas, Jorge Carrera Andrade, (Orogenia Corporation Cultural, 2007), published in Quito, Ecuador in a Spanish/ English edition with exclusive distribution only in South america; One More River to Cross: The Selected Poems of John Beecher, as Editor, Introduction by Studs Terkel  (NewSouth Books, 2002); and Invited Guest: an Anthology of twentieth Century Southern Poetry, as co-editor (University of Virginia Press, 2002); Heart’s Invention: Essays on The Poetry of Vassar Miller, as Editor, Introduction by Larry McMurtry (Ford-Brown & Co., Publishers, 1988.

Photo of Steven Ford Brown by LaVerne Harrell Clark. reprinted by permission of University of Arizona Poetry Center, LaVerne Harrell Clark Special Collection of American poets.