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Consuelo Hernandez

Associate Professor World Languages and Cultures

Professor Consuelo Hernández teaches courses on 20th century Latin American Literature, Poetry, Central America, Colombia and Afro-Latin America. She has around 50 publications in prestigious journals. Professor Hernández has published works such as Alvaro Mutis: Una estetica del deterioro and Voces y perspectivas en la poesia latinoamericana del siglo XX. She has articles featured in professional journals such as: Revista Iberoamericana, MACLAS. Latin American Essays, and Revista de Lingulistica y Literatura.

As a poet, Professor Hernández has published four collections of poems: Voces de la soledad, Solo de violín: Poemario para músicos y pintores , Manual de peregrine, and a bilingual collection: Poemas de escombros y ceniza/Poems from Debris and Ashes. Her poetry has been included in numerous anthologies in Latin America, Spain, Canada and the United States. She has received distinctions from the International Poetry Contest of “Ciudad Melilla" in Spain and at the “Letras de Oro” Contest at the University of Miami. In 2011, Dr. Hernández received “Antonio Machado” Poetry Award in Madrid, Spain, and the Mid-Atlantic Council of Latin American Studies, James Street Prize in recognition for Scholarly Excellence and the best article published in Volume 24 of Latin American Essays.


PhD, New York University
MA, Universidad Simon Bolivar (Caracas, Venezuela)
BA, Universidad de Antioquia (Medellín, Colombia)

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Research Interests

Professor Hernández specializes in Latin American poetry and her other research interests include Colombian and Central American studies, Afro-Latin American culture and music. She travels regularly to Latin America and is therefore deeply involved with the region.

Her most recent book, Voces y perspectivas en la poesía latinoamericana del siglo XX  (2009)  was published by Visor Libros and the Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional. The book offers the multiplicity of voices and perspectives of those who have not traditionally been heard – feminists, indigenous, Afro Latin Americans, among others.And the poets in this work reflect geographic, regional and national contexts, inspired by personal experiences, covering topics such as violence, oppression, exile, the body, gender issues, and culture clashes.

Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

Some of the distinctions Professor Hernández has received include:  the Celia Siegel Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Award for Excellence in Teaching  Humanities both at New York University. The Mentor Appreciation Certificate at Arizona State University. She is the recipient of grants and fellowships from American University, National Endowment of Humanities, New York University, Universidad de Barcelona (Spain), Universidad Complutense de Madrid, and the Instituto de Cooperación Iberoamericana (Spain).

As a poet Professor Hernández has received distinctions such as: Finalist at the International poetry contest of "Ciudad Melilla" in Spain and at the International Contest “Letras de Oro” de la Universidad de Miami. Professor Hernández has read her poetry at numerous places among them: The Festival Internacional de Poesía en Medellín, the Library of Congress, the New York Public Library, the Haskell Center of Folger Shakespeare Library, La Fundación Pablo Neruda en Chile, Instituto de Cooperación Iberoamericana en España, among many other places.  Her poetry has been included in numerous anthologies in Latin America, Spain, Canada and United States.

Selected Publications

  • Álvaro Mutis: Una estética del deterioro Caracas: Monte Ávila Editores,  1996. [Prólogo by Alvaro Mutis] "Del poema narrativo a la novela poética." Tradición y actualidad de la literatura iberoamericana. P. Bacarisse. Editor. Actas del XXX Congreso del Instituto Internacional de Literatura Iberoamericana. Tomo I. University of Pittsburgh. 101-115.
  • “Nicolás Guillén y su legado” MACLAS. Latin American Essays. Middle Atlantic Council of Latin American Studies. Volume XVII. Virginia Commonwealth University. 2004. 50-63.
  • “El Antiorientalismo en Pablo Neruda.” Revista de Lingüística y Literatura. No. 39. Departamento de Lingüística y Literatura. Universidad de Antioquia. Medellín, Colombia. Also included in Sophia. Austral. Universidad de Magallanes. No. 10. Chile.
  • “La casa de las dos palmas de Manuel Vallejo: Documento de una época, una región y su cultura” Conference Proceedings. Latin American Studies Association. XXV International Congress.  Las Vegas: LASA 2004.
  • "Las historias prohibidas: Una aritmética del dolor vivísimo." Los otros Roques. La poética múltiple de Roque Dalton. Ed. Rafael Lara-Martínez and Dennis Seager. New Orleans: University Press of the South, 1999. 33-53.
  • "Tulio Mora, archivista de América." Neoindigenismo in the Andean Countries. Edited by Silvia Nagy. Catholic University, Quito: Abya Yala. 33-61.
  • "Voces femeninas contemporáneas. Poesía y poéticas de Honduras." Istmo literatura. Estudios sobre la Literatura Centroamericana. Edited by Jorge Román Lagunas. Colección Centro Internacional de Literatura Centroamericana. Volumen 4. Guatemala: Improfset, 117-131.

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Area of Expertise: Latin American literature and culture, poetry, contemporary criticism; fluent in Spanish

Additional Information: Consuelo Hernández's
scholarly books include Voces y perspectivas en la poesía Latinoamericana del siglo XX (2009), and Alvaro Mutis: Una Estetica del Deterioro (1996), considered by the academic community, the best book on Mutis. As a poet, she is the author of four collections of poems: Poemas de Escombros y Cenizas /Poems from Debris and Ashes (2006); Manual de Peregrina (2003); Voces de la Soledad (1982, 2005); Solo de Violin. Poemario para Músicos y Pintores (1997); She was a finalist in the international poetry contest Ciudad Melilla in Spain and Concurso Lestras de Oro at the University of Miami. Hernandez has received a distinction from the Salvadoran Consulate in Long Island, New York, for her poetry books. She is included in numerous anthologies and invited to poetry events by many universities and cultural institutions in the United States, Europe, and Latin America. Hernández has been interviewed by Telemundo (the Spanish NBC channel), Voice of America, Program for Desde Washington (a daily Spanish-language television program), El Tiempo Latino, El Pregonero en Washington D.C., and La Tribuna Hispana USA, among other media outlets in the United States. She has been also interviewed in Latin America.

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