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Temple Contemporary, Tyler School of Art

2001 North 13th Street

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Poet, essayist, and art critic Roberto Tejada reads from his work.

Roberto Tejada is the author of art histories that include National Camera: Photography and Mexico’s Image Environment (University of Minnesota Press, 2009) and Celia Alvarez Muñoz (UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center and University of Minnesota Press, 2009), as well as the poetry collections Full Foreground (University of Arizona Press, 2012), Exposition Park (Wesleyan University Press, 2010), and Mirrors for Gold (Krupskaya, 2006). A translator, editor, essayist, and art and media critic, his multifaceted cultural studies and creative activities have been recognized with numerous fellowships and grants, including awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Fulbright Foundation, Creative Capital Warhol Foundation, University of Warwick Humanities Research Centre, Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado in São Paulo, Brazil, Oakley Center for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Williams College, and the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute.

Tejada lived in Mexico City from 1987 to 1997 where he worked as an editor of Vuelta, the cultural monthly published by the late Nobel laureate Octavio Paz, and as executive editor of the art history journal Artes de México. He received his BA from New York University and his PhD from the State University of New York, Buffalo. He has taught at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM); Dartmouth College; University of California, San Diego; University of Texas at Austin; SMU Meadows School of the Arts; Naropa University’s Summer Writing Program and the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College. He is the Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Professor at the University of Houston, where as faculty in the Creative Writing Program he teaches in the English and art history departments. Tejada’s research and teaching methods interrogate modern and contemporary image environments from an interdisciplinary viewpoint: a critical art history whose visual knowledge can locate objects and actors in the global-culture context. Committed to conversation whereby culture and poetics enliven sites of inquiry—regional, transnational, and diasporic—Tejada’s research and creative interests involve the language arts and image worlds of Latin America, especially Mexico and Brazil, the US-Mexico borderlands, and other sites of US Latina/o cultural production.

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MFA Creative Writing Program

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