University Distinguished Professor of Spanish

Tina 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 turn-of-the-millennium in Latin America and Spain. She has received international recognition as a creative artist and writer and is considered a pioneer in digital poetry in Spanish.

As a teacher and scholar, she has won the UVM’s Dean’s Lecture Award (2010), the Kroepsch-Maurice Excellence in Teaching Award (2013), and the University Scholar Award (2015-16), and she has held the university’s highest rank of Distinguished Professor since 2019.

Her awards as poet include the International Poetry Prize "Dulce María Loynaz" for her collection Caída Libre, published in 2004, and the National Campoy-Ada Prize for children and youth literature in 2017. Her collection Manual destructivista/Destructivist Manual (2016), with English translations by Kristin Dykstra, was selected among top ten bilingual readings by Latino Poetry Review in 2017. Escaja’s creative work has been translated to multiple languages and her digital artefacts, including Robopoem@s, CAPTCHA Poem@, Emblem/as, and VeloCity, have been exhibited internationally. Some of her digital and literary works can be experienced at www.tinaescaja.com

Professor Escaja has served as Vice-President and President of the Asociación de Estudios de Género y Sexualidades (Association of Gender and Sexualities Studies, formerly AILCFH), Vice-President and President of ALDEEU (Spanish Professionals in America), and President of Feministas Unidas, Inc.. She is currently Full Member of ANLE (Spanish Language Academy in the USA), Corresponding member for RAE (Real Academia Española), and Vice-President of Red Poppy, a non-profit dedicated to promoting Latin American poetry in the United States. She is the director of the Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies program at UVM.

Publications

Books/Editions:

13 lunas 13 / 13 moons 13. (Poetry). Prologue by Jill Robbins. English translation by Kristin Dykstra. Nueva York Poetry Press, 2022.

Por un lenguaje inclusivo: Estudios y reflexiones sobre estrategias no sexistas en la lengua española. Co-ed with Natalia Prunes. ANLE, 2021.

Resistencia: Poems of Protest and Revolution. Co-ed with Mark Eisner. Introduction by Julia Alvarez. Tin House, 2020.

Diáspora Española: Migración y exilios. Actas seleccionadas de la XXXVII Asamblea General y Congreso Internacional de ALDEEU. Co-ed with Marta Boris Tarré. Lakeville, MA: ALDEEU, 2020.

La odisea marina de María Traviesa. Ed. Premio Campoy-Ada. Takoma Park, MD: BrookTree Media, 2018.

Nueva York en español: Intersecciones hispánicas en EEUU. Actas seleccionadas del XXXVI Congreso Internacional de ALDEEU, Co-ed with Marta Boris Tarré. Lakeville, MA: ALDEEU, 2017.

Manual Destructivista / Destructivist Manual. (Poetry). English translation by Kristin Dykstra. New York: Arte Poética Press, 2016.

Asesinato en el laboratorio de idiomas / Murder in the Language Lab. (Novella). English Translation by John W. Warren. Takoma Park, MD: BookTree Media, 2016.

Caída Libre / Free Fall. (Poetry). English translation by Mark Eisner. Prologue by María Victoria Atencia & Lee Kuei-shien. Ed. Donna Bister & Marc Estrin. Burlington: Fomite, 2015.

Respiración mecánica / Respiració mecànica / Hats hartze mekanikoa & VeloCity. (Poetry). Translations of my poems by María Cinta Montagut (Catalan), Mariña Pérez Rei (Galician) and Itxaro Borda (Basque). Prologue by Marta Segarra. Barcelona: Icaria, 2014.

20 Love Poems to Chile. By Kwei-Shien Lee. (Translation to Spanish). EHGBooks, 2015.

Fronteras de la memoria: Cartografías de género en artes visuales, cine y literatura en las Américas y España. (B. Llanos and A. M. Goetschel, Ed.; T. Escaja, M. Sierra e I. Pertusa, Co-Ed.). Santiago: Cuarto Propio, 2012.

13 Lunas 13. (Poetry). Prologue by Jill Robbins. Madrid: Torremozas, 2011.

Palabras veladas. (Collective). With photographs by Víctor Gómez and poems by Tina Escaja, Claudio Antón, Paco González, Elías Martín Coca and Ana Kaiser. Zamora, Spain: Ayuntamiento de Zamora, 2009. http://issuu.com/tina_escaja/docs/palabras_veladas

Caída Libre. (Poetry. Second Edition). Prologue by María Victoria Atencia. Tlaquepaque, Jalisco, México: Mantis Ed, 2007.

Código de barras. (Poetry) Prologue by Concha García and Sharon Keefe-Ugalde. Salamanca: Celya, 2007.

Madres. (Theater Play) Sevilla: Jirones de azul, 2007.

Compromiso e hibridez: Aproximaciones a la poesía hispánica contemporánea escrita pormujeres. (Ed.) La nueva literatura hispánica 11. Valladolid: Universitas Castellae & The Manchester Metropolitan University, 2007.

El único arbusto/Bush en que confío es el mío: The Only Bush I Trust is My Own. With María José Tobal, Ainize Txopitea and Ione Saizar. Consorcio Museo Vostell Malpartida/Junta de Extremadura: Malpartida, Cáceres: 2006.

Caprichos. Paintings by María José Tobal with poems by Tina Escaja. Zamora: Ayuntamiento de Zamora, 2005.

Caída Libre. Premio Hispanoamericano de Poesía “Dulce María Loynaz.” La laguna, Tenerife: Gobierno de Canarias, 2004.

De los 50 al ciberpoema: Antología de la poesía española contemporánea. (Ed.) Buenos Aires: Tres Haches, 2002.

Salomé Decapitada: Delmira Agustini y la estética finisecular de la fragmentación. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2001.  

Delmira Agustini y el modernismo: Nuevas propuestas de género. (Ed.). Buenos Aires: Beatriz Viterbo, 2000.

Digital artifacts (selections):

Emblem/as. Electronic Literature Collection, Volume 4 (ELC4). 2022. https://collection.eliterature.org/4/emblemas

CAPTCHA Poem@. The New River. A Journal of Digital Art and Literature. Fall 2021 Issue. https://thenewriver.us/captcha-escaja/

Mar y Virus / Virus and the Sea. “Oleatory” poem. (Generative poem) (2021). https://proyecto.w3.uvm.edu/maryvirus/MaryVirus.html

“Robopoem@s.” The New River. A Journal of Digital Art and Literature. Fall 2020 Issue. https://thenewriver.us/robopoems/

Negro en ovejas. (Ovine Poem) https://tinyurl.com/3pxp7m36  2011.

Proyecto Código de barras (Interactive Gallery). https://proyecto.w3.uvm.edu//htm_cdb/index.htm  2006

Pinzas de metal. (Interactive novel). https://proyecto.w3.uvm.edu/PinzasES/ 2003.

“Desprendiendo” VeloCity 3 (Poetry) https://tinyurl.com/kdy6h8xk 2002.

“Sumergida” VeloCity 1 (Poetry) https://tinyurl.com/4vbcn6ds 2000.

Awards and Recognition

University Scholar, UVM, 2015-2016
Maker-in-Residence, Generator. Burlington, VT, 2015
Scholar-in-Residence, New York University, Spring 2015
Kroepsch-Maurice Excellence in Teaching Award. UVM, 2013
ALANA Coalition Award (for contributions to UVM), 2013
Dean’s Lecture Award (for excellence in teaching and research), UVM, 2010
Lattie F. Coor Faculty Development Award in the Humanities, UVM, 2011
Lattie F. Coor Endowment Research Assistantship, UVM, 2010-2011
NEH Summer Scholar, São Paulo, Brazil, 2010
Faculty and Staff Recognition, UVM, 2009, 2010
Outstanding Faculty Woman Award, UVM. 2007
International Incentive Grant, UVM. 1996, 2006
Humanities Center Grant, UVM. 2006
Top Professor at UVM, (Catamount Pages).1997-98.
Andrew W. Mellon Dissertation Fellowship, UPENN. 1992-93
University Fellowship, UPENN. 1991-92
Honor Award for Dedication and Service to Festival Latino, UPENN. 1993

 

Tina Escaja

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

20th-21st century Spanish and Latin American poetry; gender studies; turn of the century literature, society, and digital media

Education

  • Ph.D. Latin American and Spanish Literature, University of Pennsylvania

Contact

Office Location:

Waterman 509

Office Hours:

Fall 2022: Tuesday and Thursday 4:15-5:15 and by appointment

Courses Taught

  • SPAN 052: Intermediate II
  • SPAN 102: Composition and Conversation
  • SPAN 140: Analyzing Hispanic Literatures
  • SPAN 141: Intro to Literature of Spain
  • SPAN 142: Intro to Literature of Spanish America
  • SPAN 185: Readings in Spanish American Literature
  • SPAN 201: Advanced Composition and Conversation
  • SPAN 202: Topics in Spanish Language Study: Writing and Speaking Creatively
  • SPAN 252: Spanish Literature: Dictatorship - Democracy
  • SPAN 274: Latin American Poetry
  • SPAN 276: 20th Century Spanish Poetry and Drama
  • SPAN 292: Civilization of Spain
  • SPAN 293: Latin American Civilization
  • SPAN 295: Advanced Special Topics: 20th/21st Century Latin American Women Poets
  • SPAN 295: Advanced Special Topics: 20th/21st Century Spanish Poetry
  • SPAN 295: Advanced Special Topics: Pedro Almodovar and Post-Franco Spain
  • SPAN 295: Advanced Special Topics: The Turn of the Century Luso/Hispanic Repr
  • SPAN 295: Advanced Special Topics: Women’s Rep in Modernismo
  • SPAN 296: Advanced Special Topics: Poetry of Resistance
  • SPAN 296: Advanced Special Topics: Love, Sex and Censorship in Spain
  • SPAN 299: Topics in Hispanic Cultures: Mexican Culture Through the Arts
  • AIS 96: Intermediate Special Topics: The Films of Pedro Almodovar
  • GLIT 142: Spanish-American Literature in Transition: Hispanic Women Writers
  • IS 095: Special Topics: Art and Society in Honduras
  • WST 195: intermediate Special Topics: Hispanic Women Writers
  • WST 196: Intermediate Special Topics: Latin American Women and Film