Affiliated Faculty

Jose Antonio Villaran
  • Title
    • Graduate Student Instructor
  • Division Humanities Division
  • Department
    • Literature Department
    • Creative Writing Program
  • Affiliations Creative Writing Program, Research Center for the Americas, Critical Race and Ethnic Studies
  • Phone
  • Email
  • Office Location
    • Humanities Building 1, #234
  • Mail Stop Literature Department
  • Courses LIT-90; Introduction to Creative Writing (Winter 2016), LIT-90; Introduction to Creative Writing (Fall 2016), LIT-179C; Methods and Materials - Writing as Collective Art Making (Spring 2017), LIT-90x; Introducción a la Creación Literaria - Bilingual Workshop (Winter 2018)

Research Interests

Creative Writing / Cross-Genre Writing / Documentary Poetics / Translation(al) Studies / Critical Race and Ethnic Studies / Critical University Studies / Contemporary US Latinx Literature / Environmental History

Biography, Education and Training

Jose Antonio Villarán is the author of la distancia es siempre la misma (Matalamanga, 2006) and el cerrajero (Album del Universo Bakterial, 2012). In 2008 he created the AMLT project (, an exploration of hypertext literature and collective authorship; the project was sponsored by Puma from 2011-2014. His third book, titled open pit, is forthcoming from AUB (Lima) in 2019, as well as his translation of Omar Pimienta's The Album of Fences (Cardboard House Press). He holds an MFA in Writing from the University of California-San Diego, and is currently a PhD candidate in Literature at the University of California-Santa Cruz.    

Selected Publications

- la distancia es siempre la misma; Editorial Matalamanga, Perú, 2006.

- el cerrajero; Album del Universo Bakterial, Perú, 2012.

- tajo abierto; Album del Universo Bakterial, Perú, 2019 (forthcoming)

- The Album of Fences; by Omar Pimienta, 2018 (Translation/English)

Selected Exhibitions

The AMLT Project: Hypertextuality and Collective Authorship

           - La Culpable & Neo Mutatis; Perú 2010.

           - TMDG, Encuentro Internacional de Diseño; Argentina 2010.

           - Colombia Sticker Art Festival; Colombia 2012.