EDUCATION

·PhD in English Literature, Arizona State University (2016)

·M.A. in English Literature, Saint Louis University (2008)

·Máster en Estudios Culturales y Literarios Anglo-norteamericano, Autonóma de Madrid (2008)

·B.A. in English Literature, Magna cum laude, Northeastern Illinois University (2006)

RESEARCH INTERESTS

My research focuses on Ecocriticism, Biosemiotics, and Shakespeare, particularly how his works are invoked in novels and films. I approach Shakespeare’s work as active environmental forces. I am also interested in the ways that food appears in literature, and how narratives about food influence our relationship to plants and animals. My work fuses narrative and scholarly approaches, and investigates how the blending of the objective and subjective can encourage the changing of human attitudes towards the environment by uniting empathy and logic. As a writer I aim to create stories that actively engage with the world around us and as such become vehicles for change.

ACADEMIC WORK EXPERIENCE

Saint Louis University: Madrid, Spain, 2011-present

Courses taught: 

Ecocriticism; Introduction to Shakespeare; Milton; Travel Writing; Nature, Ecology and Literature; Food and Literature; Monsters of European Literature; Media, Technology and Literature; Literature and Medicine; Introduction to Poetry; Conflict, Social Justice and Literature; Creative Writing; Advanced Writing for Professionals; The Process of Composition

Arizona State University: Tempe, Arizona, 2009-2011

Composition levels 1 and 2 

Scottsdale Community College: Scottsdale, Arizona, 2009-2011

Composition levels 1 and 2 

Shantou University: Shantou, China, Academic Year 2008/09

Communication Strategies 

ACADEMIC BOOKS, CHAPTERS AND ARTICLES

Shakespeare and the Evolution of the Human Umwelt: Adapt, Interpret, Mutate. Routledge: London. (Feb 2021)

“The Wildest Stock: Shakespeare, Food, and Naturecultures.” Teaching Food and Literature. (Chapter accepted, publication info TBA)

“With Parted Eye: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Richard Powers’, Orfeo, and Biosemiotics” Green Letters. Vol 21. No. 3. Routledge: London. doi: 10.1080/14688417.2018.1512418. (2018) 

Co-authored with Andrew Power. “Partiendo el Pan en Shakespeare.” Pan. Artesa Ediciones: Madrid. p. 78. (2016)

TRANSLATED ARTICLES

Garcia, Teresa and Garcia, Alberto. “Breathing with the Other: Ethics and Eco-socialist Perspective in the Poetry of Jorge Riechmann.” Ecozon@. Vol 6. No. 1. (2015).

CREATIVE PUBLICATIONS AND WORKS IN PROGRESS

Big Sky. Adelaide Press: New York (2020)

Green and Grey. Lemon Street Press: Madrid (2019)

“Frozen.” The Toucan 15. Pg. 3. The Toucan: Chicago (2012)

Waiting For Tom. Screenplay. Quarterfinalist in the American Zoetrope Screenplay Contest (2010)

“Skewed Horizons.” Apocalypse 12. pg. 52. Apocalypse Literary Arts Coalition: Chicago (2004)

Untitled novel in revision.

Great Fires. Short story collection in revision.

CONFERENCES, SEMINARS, AND PRESENTATIONS

“The Forest for the Trees: Richard Powers’ The Overstory, Macbeth and the holobiont.” Shakespeare Association of America 2021: Eco-migrations and the Contemporary Novel. Seminar.

“Pursed by a Bear: the Human, the animal, and consumption in The Winter’s Tale.” MMLA 2020. Paper accepted-delayed for COVID. (Milwaukee 2021).

“Speaking form Beyond the Grave: Ghosts and Genetics in Shakespeare.” SAMEMES 2020: Medieval and Early Modern Afterlives. Paper accepted-delayed for COVID. (Neuchatel 2021).

“Shakespeare’s Genesis: Poetry, Emergence, and Biosemiotics.” 4th International Conference on Science and Literature. Paper accepted-delayed for COVID. (Girona 2021).

“John Milton’s Paradise Regained as Response to the Black Legend of Spanish Cruelty.” SEDERI Conference. Universidad de La Laguna. Paper accepted. (Tenerife 2020-Postponed to 2021 for Covid-19).

“Light and Enlightenment: Milton in Ian McEwan’s Solar.” Retaking Earth: From Nature Writing to Climate Change Fiction. Nova University. Paper accepted. (Lisbon 2020).

“Dystopia Now: Richard Powers’ The Overstory and Shakespeare’s Macbeth.” Revisiting Utopia in Literature and the Visual Arts. Universidad Católica San Antonio de Murcia. Paper Accepted. (Murcia 2020).

“Migrations: Butterflies and Shakespeare in Barabara Kingsolvers’s Flight Behavior Midwestern Modern Language Association (Chicago 2019).

“Co-conspirators: invoking MacBeth in Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake” Association for the Study of Literature and Environment-UKI. Plymouth University. (Plymouth, UK 2019).

Panel: “Leveraging Humanities for Uniqueness.” Instituto Empresa. (Madrid 2019)

Panel: “Entrepreneurship in Spain.” Thrive Conference by Las Morenas de Madrid. (Madrid 2016)

“Applauding the Slaughter: Hamlet, and Pagan Spain.” Saint Louis University Literature Conference. (Madrid 2016) 

“Gardens of Discovery.” Saint Louis University Literature Conference. (Madrid 2015)

“Uncanny Justice: Amazons and the Technology of Colonization.” Saint Louis Graduate

Student Conference (Madrid 2008) 

“Joyce and the Dialogic Creation of Home and the Present.” Saint Louis Madrid Graduate Student Colloquium (Madrid 2007)

“Emily Dickinson and the Birth of the Photographic Image.” Saint Louis Madrid Graduate Student Conference (Madrid 2006)

“Jean Genet: Perceptions of a Thief and Poet.” Northeastern Illinois University Honors Colloquium (2006)

“Unwound Dancers.” Northeastern Illinois University Creative Colloquium (2006)

“Kafka and Nationalist Prague.” Northeastern Illinois University Honors Colloquium (2005)

“Ivan and Zosima: Religion and Conflict in the Brother’s Karamazov.” Northeastern 

Illinois University Honors Colloquium (2004)

MEDIA PLACEMENT

Interview with The Madrid Metropolitan. Podcast (2020)

“Primeros Indicios del ‘apocolipsis’ de los Bares. El Pais (2020)

Interview at Chef Digital (Madrid 2020)

Interview with Vaughan Radio (Madrid 2019)

Interview with Two Harbors Radio. (Two Harbors 2019)

Reading at Two Harbors Public Library (Two Harbors 2019)

Interview on PRISA Radio. (Madrid 2017)

Inteview on Canal Cocina (2016)

Regular Contributor to the online creative nonfiction site The Nervous Breakdown (2008-12)

Regular Contributor to the online culture magazine Vaya Madrid (2012-14)

UNIVERSITY SERVICE

Literature club (2020)

Editing of student literary magazine Raices y Ramas (2019)

Poetry open mic night (2019)

Trilingual creative writing conference (March 2018)

“Nature and Narrative” conference (June 2018)

Off campus poetry open mic (2017)

Literature club (2017)

Speaker: Dr. Carmen Flys-Junquera (2015)

Speaker: Dr. James Regan (2012)

Shakespeare reading group (2011)

Theory reading group (2010)

Film and Politics watching group (2008)

Student film criticism circle (2008)

Graduate Conference co-organizer(2007)

Writing Lab co-organizer (2006-8)

Writer’s Circle (2006-8)

LANGUAGES

English (Native)

Spanish (Advanced)

AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS

Student Government Teaching Award, Saint Louis University (2019)

Teaching Assistantship, ASU (2009, 2010)

Teaching Assistanship, SLU (2007)

Creative Writing Scholarship, NEIU (2004)

Creative Writing Scholarship, NEIU (2005)

Creative Writing Scholarship, NEIU (2006)

Brommel Scholarship for Outstanding Honors Thesis, NEIU (2006)

OTHER WORK EXPERIENCE

Executive Chef: Grupo Toast Desarollos e Inversiones: Madrid, 2011-2017

Family Enhancement Specialist in Domestic Violence Organisation. Wings: Chicago, Il, 2004-2006  

Assistant Manager. Ragstock: Chicago, Il. 2000-2004

Bartender, Waiter, Cook. Various restaurants in Chicago, and Iowa. 1999-2006

BOARD MEMBERSHIPS

Serve the City: 2017-2019

The American club of Madrid: 2017-2019

MEMBERSHIPS

ASLE-UKI

Midwestern Modern Language Association

Spanish and Portuguese Society for English Renaissance Studies