Academic Title

Assistant Professor of Practice, Spanish

Research Interests
  • Creative Writing (fiction and nonfiction)
  • Edition and Translation
  • Literature and Poetry
  • International Films Studies
  • Hispanic Studies
  • Anthropology and Philosophy
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Gender Studies
Research Summary

I am a creative author, editor, translator, literary critic, and professor. I teach Spanish language and culture, Hispanic literature, and Creative Writing, most of them connected to the Hispanic identity with multicultural backgrounds. I’m the author of over 500 books in various genres, including novels, poetry, short stories, theatre, and children’s literature published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Scholastic, McGraw-Hill, Reycraft, Benchmark Education, Seix Barral, Everest, Edebé, and other publishing houses in the US and Spain. My literary work has been translated into English, Italian, Portuguese, Croatian, Bulgarian, Romanian, Chinese, and other languages. As a literary consultant in education for Pearson Education, McGraw-Hill, Penguin Random House, and some other publishing companies, I have written teachers’ guides, student editions, fiction and nonfiction series, and many educational textbooks for the bilingual educational system. I also have written many specialized articles, catalogues, and literary reviews for newspapers and magazines in the United States, Spain, Cuba, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Italy, and other countries. As a translator, I have translated over 300 books, principally for young readers. My translations include several English literature classics, like Dr. Seuss’s books, Curious George, Berenstain Bears, Amelia Bedelia, Mike Mulligan, among others. I have also translated a book by former First Lady Laura Bush (Leer para creer), Meghan Markle Duchess of Sussex (The Bench/En este banco), and The Beatles (Yellow Submarine/El submarine Amarillo). I have received many awards and recognitions for my work, including the National Literature Award (Ministry of Education, Cuba) 1984, 1985, 1986; the White Rose Literature Award (Best Literature of the Year, Cuba). I’m currently working in a new series of Mad Libs in Spanish and other fun and creative projects!

Areas of Expertise
  • Hispanic Literature
  • Creative Writing (all fiction genres)
  • Editing and Translation
  • International Business (Hispanic Market)
  • Social Communication
  • Marketing and Publicity
  • Spanish Language and Cultures Studies
  • Ethnic and Gender Studies
  • Photography
Recent Publications

Published Books as an Author

  • “Sol de la noche” (essay about the poet Ruth Velázquez). N. Andover, Massachusetts: CBH Books (2021)
  • “Atajos para publicar en tiempos revueltos” (essay). North Andover, Massachusetts: V-Society (2020)
  • “Pecados y perdones” (poetry). North Andover, Massachusetts: CBH Books (2020)
  • “El nombre de ciertas cosas” (poetry). North Andover, Massachusetts: CBH Books (2020)
  • “Una gota de agua” (short stories). North Andover, Massachusetts: BrickHouse Education (2020)
  • “Eva recién nacida” (poetry). Lawrence, Massachusetts: CBH Books (2015)
  • “Al otro lado” (novel). Barcelona, Spain: Seix Barral (1998)
  • “Novelita Rosa” (novel). Andover, Massachusetts: Versal Group (1998)
  • “La vida es color de Rosa” (novel). Lawrence, Massachusetts: CBH Books (2010)
  • “La muerte nuestra de cada vida” (narrative). Lawrence, Massachusetts: CBH Books (2009)
  • “Augurios, señales y profecías” (poetry). Lawrence, Massachusetts: CBH Books (2012)
  • “Entre la espada y la pared” (poetry). Lawrence, Massachusetts: CBH Books (2012)

Published Translations (partial list)

  • Meghan Markle Duchess of Sussex, 2021. The Bench. New York, NY: Penguin Random House
  • The Beatles. (2013). Yellow Submarine. London, England: Apple Corps.
  • Seuss, D. (2000). ¡Cómo el Grinch robó la Navidad! New York, NY: Lectorum Publications.
  • Seuss, D. (2007). ¡Hay un molillo en mi bolsillo! New York, NY: Lectorum Publications.
  • Seuss, D. (2003). ¡Horton escucha a quién! New York, NY: Lectorum Publications.
  • Seuss, D. (2007). ¡Puedo leer con los ojos cerrados! New York, NY: Lectorum Publications.
  • Seuss, D. (2003). El gato con sombrero viene de nuevo. New York, NY: Lectorum Publications.
  • Seuss, D. (2005). Un pez, dos peces, pez rojo, pez azul. New York, NY: Lectorum Publications.
  • Seuss, D. (2006). Y pensar que lo vi por la calle Porvenir. New York: Lectorum Publications.
  • Seuss, D. (2008). Yoruga la Tortuga y otros cuentos. New York, NY: Lectorum Publications.
  • Rey, H. (2003). Jorge el Curioso encuentra trabajo. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Co.
  • Rey, H. (2002). Jorge el Curioso monta en bicicleta. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Co.
  • Rey, H. (2002). Jorge el Curioso y el conejito. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Co.
  • Rey, H. (2002). Opuestos con Jorge el Curioso. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Co.
  • Parish, P. (1996). Amelia Bedelia. New York: HarperCollins Publishers.
  • Burton, V. L. (1997). Mike Mulligan y su máquina maravillosa. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Co.
  • Bush, L., & Bush, J. (2008). ¡Leer para creer! New York, NY: HarperCollins Publishers.
  • Allard, H. (1998). ¡La señorita Nelson ha desaparecido! Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co.
Honors and Awards
  • Best books Fall 2020 “Spanish Language showcase reading list” by The Children’s Book Council (CBC)/ (“Jorge el curioso” and “Rosita Cabeza de Margarita”) United States, September 2020
  • “Best Publishing Company of 2020 Merrimack Valley”, presented by Merrimack Valley Award Program, 2020
  • Phi Sigma Iota Honor Society. Salem State University, Salem, Massachusetts, 2018
  • Sigma Delta Pi Honor Society. Merrimack College, North Andover, Massachusetts, 2017
  • “100 Latin American Women Authors”, El País (Spanish newspaper) recognition. Madrid, 2015
  • “25 Most Powerful Hispanic Women of the World”, People Magazine (Spanish edition) recognition. New York, 2011
  • Special Guest and Keynote Speaker, Art and Literary Festival and Book Fair. Providence, Rhode Island, 2015
  • Tribute to Women Award, by YWCA, Lawrence, Massachusetts, 2014
  • Women of Courage Award, by La Alianza Hispana, Boston, Massachusetts, 2011
  • Special Guest and Keynote Speaker, International Book Fair, with Mateo Morrison. Lawrence, Massachusetts, 2010
  • Influential Hispanic Award, by Hispanic Image Magazine, 2004
  • Best Picture Book of Spain for the children book Completamente diferente, 2000
  • Special Recognition of Journalism, by The National Association of Hispanic Publications, 1997
  • National Award of Literature La Rosa Blanca, best books published in Cuba, 1994
  • National Award of Poetry, by Education Ministry of Cuba, 1984, 1985, 1986