Curriculum Vitae

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VANESSA ANGÉLICA VILLARREAL
LOS ANGELES, CA 90027

WWW.VANESSAANGELICAVILLARREAL.COM


 EDUCATION

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Currently pursuing PhD, Creative Writing—Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, Digital Media Arts

  • Admitted Fall 2016
  • Event Organizer, Lambda Litfest

UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO BOULDER, Class of 2016.
MASTER OF FINE ARTS—English, Creative Writing

  • Instructor, Graduate Teaching Program, Creative Writing
  • Creative Writing Reading Series Graduate Events Coordinator
  • Creative Writing Association—Events Coordinator
  • CU Writing Outreach Program—Instructor
  • Timber Journal— Fiction Editor 2013, Art Editor 2014
  • Creative Writing Department Web Design Administrator

UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON, HOUSTON, TX, Class of 2011.
BACHELOR OF ARTS—English, Creative Writing

  • Summa cum laude, University Honors and Honors in Major
  • Minor in Spanish
  • Writing Center Tutor and Teaching Assistant

 

PUBLICATIONS

Beast Meridian—Manuscript: Poetry, Lyric Essay.

  • Forthcoming, Noemi Akrilica Series, 2017
  • Finalist, 2014 Nightboat Poetry Prize
  • Finalist, 2015 Futurepoem Books Open Call
  • Finalist, 2015 Saturnalia Books Open Call
  • Winner (declined) 2015 Willow Books Poetry Prize
  • Finalist, Noemi Press Poetry Prize

POOR CLAUDIA, March 2017.
“Malinche, Assimilation Room, after Frida Kahlo's The Wounded Deer, Estrellada.” Poetry

APOGEE, April 2017.
“Estrellada.” Lyric video essay.

THE OPERATING SYSTEM, April 2017.
On Muriel Leung, Lara Mimosa Montes, and Safiya Sinclair.” Essay.

THE THOUGHT EROTIC, January 2017.
BALLOT BALLET BULLOT BULLET.” Poetry.

THE WANDERER, October 2016.
Four poems from Beast Meridian.” Poetry.

NPM DAILY, April 2016.
MutaMutationbility: Mem(mem)ory anddna Poetrtry dnand Can(cancer)CancercerceCanrcer.” Essay.

 PBS NEWSHOUR, March 2016.
Poet's Haunting Work Recalls the 'Trauma' of Assimilation.” Profile.

THE KENYON REVIEW, February 2016.
"Inundation of Texts": Poets and Writers on Social Media. Micro-essay.

WAXWING, January 2016.
A Field of Onions, Brown Study.” Poetry. 

EVENING WILL COME—THE VOLTA, Issue #59. Online, November 2015.
“La Cucaracha.” Poetry.

 HARRIET, Poetry Foundation Blog. Online, August 2015.
“Call and Response: The Gifts of Women Poets (Part 2)—Cecilia Vicuña.” Poetry/Lyric Essay.

THE FEMINIST WIRE, Online. October 2015.
“Silvia,” “Angelica,” and “Ingles Sin Barreras.” Poetry.

DREGINALD, Issue 7. Online, September 2015.
“I Appear to Myself in a Corn Tortilla,” “Scorpion,” and “Unspooled Tide.” Poetry.

CAKETRAIN, Issue 12. Print, 2015.
“The Real Girl,” “Your New Best Friend,” “The Hairdresser,” “The Poet,” and “Four Girl Trio.” Poetry.

THE THOUGHT EROTIC, December 2014. Online.
“Pregnant Hedonist.” Essay.

 DIAGRAM, November 2014. Online.
“The Girlfriend.” Poetry.

VANNEVAR, August 2014. Online.
“Lana Del Rey Is Seriously Bumming Me Out: The Politics of Assimilation vs. Appropriation.” Pop Culture Criticism/Essay.

TIMBER JOURNAL, May 2014. Print and Online.
Interview with Carmen Gimenez Smith: “Nothing Scarier than a Brown Titty: Milk and Filth, Prince, and the Problem of Innovative Latin@ Writing”

ALMOST FIVE QUARTERLY, March 2014. Online.
“Corpus Christi, 1984.” Poetry.

WESTERN HUMANITIES REVIEW, Historiography Issue, Summer 2013. Print.
“The Ballad of Wild Bill Hickok,” “Some Animal,” and “Thirteen.” Lyric Essay/Prose Poems.

NANO Fiction, Volume 6 No. 2, Spring 2013. print.
“The Palace of Waiting Rooms.” Narrative Prose Poems.

THE COLORADO REVIEW ONLINE, Autumn 2012. Online.
Book Review, We Are Pharaoh by Robert Fernandez

THE POTOMAC REVIEW, VOL. 49, DECEMBER 2010. Print.
“An Invention.” Poetry.

 

AWARDS AND HONORS

  • USC Creative Writing Dornsife Fellowship.
  • 2015 CantoMundo Fellow
  • J Barker Memorial Scholarship, Department of English, University of Colorado Boulder
  • Featured Student Profile, English Department Annual Report 2013-2014, University of Colorado
  • BRIAN LAWRENCE POETRY PRIZE, 2011 Winner, University of Houston
  • ROBERTSON PRIZE, Runner-Up in Fiction at the 2009 Boldface Conference
  • HONORARY READER, May 20, 2010, Writers in the Schools and the Menil Collection present “The Watchful Eye,” a Reading in Response to the Torres-Garcia and Cattelan Exhibits

 

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS, PUBLIC READINGS, AND EVENTS COORDINATED

Conferences            

NEW ORLEANS POETRY FESTIVAL. Saturday, April 22, 2017. “SGV Food Club: Gathering and Building Community.”

AWP 2017, WASHINGTON D.C. Saturday, February 11, 2017. Bettering American Poetry. “If You Build It, They Will Write: How to Curate, Edit, Pitch, and Release a Successful Anthology.”

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA POETRY FESTIVAL, Long Beach, CA. September 23, 2016. “Bending Boundaries: How Hybrid Poems Cross Genres: Exposition Review.”

MAKING MEANING: DISCOURSES OF IDENTITY, POWER, AND ACCESS: LANGRHET CONFERENCE, UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN. November 14, 2015. “Botas Picudas: Deformation as Decolonization in Latinx Pop Culture.”

AWP 2013, BOSTON. Saturday, March 9, 2013. Panelist, “Teaching Mutt Lit: Genre-Benders, Hybrids, and Other Weirdness in the Creative Writing Classroom.” Presented Paper: “Trill, Screw, and Reggaeton: A Call to Remix Literary Genres.”

Readings

Featured Reader, Soka University of America. Thursday, April 20, 2017. 7 pm, Ikeda Library.

Featured Reader, California State University Dominguez Hills. WRITE BACK: NARRATIVES FROM CHICANA AND NATIVE AMERICAN WOMEN WRITERS. March 21, 2017.

Featured Reader, Hitched California Reading Series. March 18, 2017.

Featured Reader, Lambda Litfest: POETICS OF SELF [RE/DE] CONSTRUCTION: LITANIES TO MY BROWN HEAVENLY BODY. March 12, 2017, 2:00 pm. Avenue 50 Studio, Highland Park, CA.

Organizer, Reader, Lambda Litfest: THE TECHNO-LIVING SYSTEM. March 12, 2017, 12:00 pm. Avenue 50 Studio, Highland Park, CA.

Featured Reader, Release of Khadijah Queen's Fearful Beloved. Saturday, March 5, 2016, 7:00 pm. COUNTERPATH Press. Denver, CO.

Featured Reader, Jaipur Literature Festival. Poems from Beast Meridian. Boulder Public Library, Boulder CO. September 19, 2015.

Featured Reader, CantoMundo Fellows Reading. “McAllen,” “Angelica Root.” Poetry. Mexican American Cultural Center. Austin, TX. Saturday, July 18, 2015.

Featured Reader, The Leon Affair Reading Series. “Volver, Volver,“ Essay. Leon Gallery, Denver, CO. Saturday, September 27, 2014.

Featured Reader, Bouldering Poets Reading Series. Poems. Trident Books, Boulder, CO. Saturday, July 12, 2014.

Featured Reader, Balalaika Press Bloc Party. Poems. Boulder, CO. Saturday, March 15, 2014.

Events Coordinated

Organizer, Reader, Lambda Litfest: THE TECHNO-LIVING SYSTEM. March 12, 2017, 12:00 pm. Avenue 50 Studio, Highland Park, CA.

2013–2014 Creative Writing Reading Series: Latasha N. Nevada Diggs, Dara Wier, Geoffrey G. O’Brien, Indira Ganesan, Travis Nichols, James Wagner, Elisa Gabbert, Carrie Vaughn, CU Creative Writing Faculty Reading.

2013-2014 Timber Journal Reading Series.

A Cave Canem Writers' Panel, April 4, 2014. Adrian Matejka, Duriel Harris, Khadijah Queen, Ruth Ellen Kocher.

The Aesthetics of Activism: A Panel on Contemporary LGBTQ Writing, April 26, 2013. Tim Jones-Yelvington, Rick Barot, Stacey Waite, David J. Daniels.

Innovative Women Writers in Publishing, April 27, 2012. Diane Williams, Joyelle McSweney, Roxane Gay.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE AND PEDAGOGY

UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO BOULDER
GRADUATE INSTRUCTOR: 2011—2014
SUPERVISOR: RUTH ELLEN KOCHER    303-492-1853
Instructor of record teaching undergraduates creative writing, leading workshops, and implementing writing skills across multiple genres

  • Led classes of 18-40 students two to three times a week
  • Courses Taught: Introduction to Creative Writing, Introduction to Fiction
  • Led constructive academic workshop environment
  • Maintained student data, graded students on language comprehension and application
  • 5+ years experience with Desire2Learn and Blackboard/WebCT software
  • Syllabus and lesson plan management

UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO BOULDER
GRADUATE-LEVEL COURSE DEVELOPMENT
SUPERVISING FACULTY: RUTH ELLEN KOCHER
Developed graduate-level courses and reading lists for classes of 4, as well as independent study

ENGL 5100: Hybrid Forms in Contemporary Literature, Fall 2012.

This course examined works often categorized as “hybrid” in their genre, such as Descent of Alette, Bluets, and AM/PM. We examined critical work to interrogate the boundaries of genre, and asked, is hybrid a mode within a certain genre or does it exist on its own as a genre? Developed a fifteen-book list containing five books of hybrid poetry, five books of hybrid narrative, and five collections of critical work.

ENGL 5100. After Lorca: Locating the Avant Garde in Contemporary Latino Literature, from the Modernists to Now, May 2014.

This course examined the lineage of the avant garde with respect to its Latin-American and Iberian participants, tracing Latino contributions since Federico García Lorca. It interrogated the dominance of white artists, writers, and practitioners within the history of the avant garde, despite its radical politics which co-evolved with Latino left-wing politics. The course investigated diasporic avant-gardes and relied heavily on aesthetic theory to unearth Latino innovation in the evolution of conceptual poetics, and examined the state of contemporary Latino poetry now, asking questions about assimilation and aesthetic tendencies within contemporary Latino writing. Read Gloria Anzaldúa, Diasporic Avant Gardes, biography of Ana Mendieta, as well as poetry by Monica de la Torre, Cecilia Vicuña, Rodrigo Toscano, Raul Zurita, Rose Alcalá, and Carmen Gimenez Smith.

 

UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO WRITING OUTREACH PROGRAM
RESIDENT INSTRUCTOR: Fall 2011—Spring 2012
SUPERVISOR: RUTH ELLEN KOCHER 303-492-1853
Teach fifth-grade students imaginative writing in area elementary schools during a six-week residency

  • Led class of 30 fifth-grade students once a week over a six-week residency
  • Led a fun and constructive writing environment tailored for an elementary-age audience
  • Compiled student work at end and construct a commemorative book

 

THE UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON
TEACHING ASSISTANT: SUMMER 2011
INSTRUCTOR OF RECORD: AARON REYNOLDS 713-743-3004
Assist instructor of record of ENGL 4353: Writing Projects

  • Led fiction workshop at undergraduate level
  • Grade online content using WebCT/Blackboard Software
  • Lecturer

THE UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON WRITING CENTER
WRITING CONSULTANT: AUGUST—DECEMBER 2010
SUPERVISOR: KYUNG-HEE BAE 713-743-3047

  • One-on-One Writing Consultations with undergraduate students
  • Teaching assistant for ARCH 3365 course: taught research process to group of seven students once a week

 

EDITORIAL EXPERIENCE

BETTERING AMERICAN POETRY, forthcoming 2016 Blazevox Books
AUGUST 2015—MARCH 2016
Curating Editor, Poetry.

TIMBER JOURNAL, UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO BOULDER
JULY 2011—MAY 2014
FICTION EDITOR 2013; ART and LAYOUT DESIGN EDITOR 2014

  • Select outstanding prose, poetry, and art for yearly publication
  • Layout and book design, design of promotional materials of TIMBER 2014 print issue
  • Pioneered, Set-Up, and Ran TIMBER Reading Series

GLASS MOUNTAIN: THE UNDERGRADUATE LITERARY JOURNAL
JUNE 2009—JUNE 2011
CO-EDITOR, WEB ADMINISTRATOR

  • Design journal, promotional materials, and Glass Mountain websites; Manage all aspects of print run
  • Manage branding and design of all Boldface Writing Conference materials
  • Event and conference management

GULF COAST: A JOURNAL OF LITERATURE AND FINE ARTS
AUGUST 2009—MAY 2011
EDITORIAL INTERNSHIP

  • Rank and organize fiction submissions for Fiction Editors
  • Assist Business Manager to maintain subscriber database
  • Event and readings management

 

WORK EXPERIENCE

MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS, GRAPHIC DESIGNER, COPY EDITOR
SCALED AGILE, INC.
MAY 2014—JUNE 2016
SUPERVISOR: Regina Cleveland, regina.cleveland@scaledagile.com

  • Design and develop web, print, and email marketing materials using Adobe Creative Suite, Wordpress, and other web hosting and email marketing clients
  • Fluent in Salesforce, iContact, SurveyMonkey, Qualtrics, MailChimp, and Your Membership customer developmentware
  • Copy edit online material, courseware, and books. Book and brochure layout design.

CREATIVE WRITING READING SERIES COORDINATOR
AUGUST 2013—MAY 2014
SUPERVISOR: Noah Eli Gordon

  • Scheduled and booked reading series events for visiting poets and writers to the University of Colorado, coordinated transportation and other accommodations
  • Advertising and marketing
  • Graphic design

FICTION COLLECTIVE TWO, fc2.org
JANUARY 2012 TO SEPTEMBER 2012
SUPERVISOR: ELISABETH SHEFFIELD
WEB DESIGN, WEB ADMIN

  • Redesigned FC2.ORG web library using Dreamweaver from ASPX platform to HTML/CSS

OFFICE OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY, UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO BOULDER
MARCH 2012 TO JANUARY 2014
SUPERVISOR: Jacie Moriyama
ACADEMIC TECHNOLOGY ASSISTANT

  • Supported faculty with academic technology platforms, primarily Desire2Learn, as well as Blackboard (CULearn), iClickers, Qualtrics, and Google products such as Drive and Sites

HALF PRICE BOOKS—Montrose, Houston, TX
FEBRUARY 2003—AUGUST 2011
SUPERVISOR: LLOYD GRIFFIN
ASSISTANT MANAGER

  • Retail management position at a used and collectible book/record store.