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On March 3, Puerto Rican Writer and Professor of Caribbean and Latin American Literature, Dr. Juan Carlos Quintero-Herencia presented his newest book, titled La hoja de mar (:) Efecto archipiélago I (2016), at the Library of Congress. The first of a two-part study of Caribbean literature and a result of a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, this book falls somewhere in between literary criticism and essay. With commentary by Dr. Rubén Ríos Ávila of New York University and Juan Duchesne-Winter of the University of Pittsburg, Professor Quintero discussed his notion of the “archipelago effect” in this thought-provoking presentation. The event took place in the Jefferson Building of the Hispanic Division at the Library of Congress and was sponsored by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at UMD, The Hispanic Division at the Library of Congress, and The Hispanic Cultural Society.

Juan Carlos Quintero-Herencia is a Professor of Caribbean and Latin American Literature at the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Maryland, College Park. His research areas include Modern and Contemporary Latin American Literature, Contemporary Puerto Rican and Cuban Literatures, Caribbean Literatures and Cultures, Literary Theory, Cultural Analysis, Poetics and Politics, and Sensoriality and Archipelagic Poetics. Professor Quintero is the author of three scholarly works including Fulguración del espacio: Letras e imaginario institucional de la Revolución cubana 1960-1971 (2002), winner of the Latin American Studies Association Premio Iberoamericano, La máquina de la salsa: Tránsitos del sabor (2005), and La hoja del mar (:) Efecto archipiélago I (2016). In addition to the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, his research has also been funded by fellowships from the Ford and Andrew W. Mellon Foundations and the Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña/National Endowment for the Arts. As a poet, Professor Quintero is the author of El hilo para el marisco/Cuaderno de los envíos (2002), winner of the Pen Club of Puerto Rico Poetry Prize, La caja negra (1996), Libro del sigiloso (2012), and his most recent poetic work, El cuerpo del milagro (2016). In addition, he has founded and contributed to numerous journals, both academic and literary.