20th/21st century Spanish and Latin American poetry; gender studies; turn-of-the-centuries literature, society, and digital/media
Prof. Escaja joined the department in 1993 after earning her Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania. She has published extensively on gender, technology and representation at the turn-of-the-twentieth-century and their connections with the current turn-of-the-millennium in Latin America and Spain. Her scholarly books include the monograph Salomé decapitada: Delmira Agustini y la estética finisecular de la fragmentación (2000) and the edition of essays Compromiso e hibridez: Aproximaciones a la poesía hispánica contemporánea escrita por mujeres. (2007). As a teacher and scholar, she has won the coveted Kroepsch-Maurice Excellence in Teaching Award (2013), the Dean’s Lecture Award for excellence in teaching and research (2010), and the UVM University Scholar Award (2015-16).
Escaja is also an accomplished poet, writer and digital artist. Her creative work transcends the traditional book form, leaping into digital art, video and multimedia projects exhibited in museums and galleries in Spain, Mexico and the United States. In 2003 she was awarded the International Poetry Prize "Dulce María Loynaz" for her manuscript Caída Libre, published in 2004. Other poetry titles include 13 lunas 13 (2011), Código de barras (2007), and Respiración mecánica (2001/2014). Escaja has also written award-winning fiction and plays, and is the author of experimental and hypertextual works, including Negro en Ovejas (2011), VeloCity (2000-2002), Código de barras (2006), and the interactive novel Pinzas de metal (2003). Her poetry has been translated into six languages and has appeared in literary collections around the world. Some of her digital work can be experienced at http://www.uvm.edu/~tescaja/
Escaja has served as Vice-President and President of the International Association of Hispanic Women's Literature and Culture (AILCFH), and is currently President of ALDEEU (Association of Spanish Professionals in America), Contributor to ANLE (Spanish Language Academy in the USA), Interim Director of UVM's Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies Program, and Vice-President of Red Poppy, a non-profit dedicated to promoting Latin American poetry in the United States.