I am currently awaiting the final approval of my PhD in Contemporary Literature from Aberystwyth University, Wales. I also have an MA in Postmodern Genres (also from Aberystwyth University) and a BA in English and American Literature from the University of South Florida.
I have given several international conferences and have assisted colleagues in writing, editing, and literary theory. I have published both academically and creatively. Recently, I was the keynote speaker in a conference in Costa Rica where I presented in Spanish for close to an hour to over 130 people of mixed academic background.
The rates are negotiable. However, the level of the student does not affect the rate. It is the same for a middle school student being introduced to the Odyssey as it is for a student working on their master's dissertation.
PhD Candidate with successfully completed Viva Voce
DOB: January 15, 1984
E D U C A T I O N
2017- January 20th Completed Viva Voce (Oral defense of doctoral thesis Contemporary Remediations: The Dynamics of Literary Technology and Memory)
2015 - 2016 Write up year as a PhD Candidate in Aberystwyth University, Wales
2012 – 2015 Researching and working on PhD in Aberystwyth University, Wales
2013- Teaching Workshops and other professional developmental skills
2010 – 2011 Aberystwyth University, Wales
MA in Postmodern Literary Studies
2007 – 2010 University of South Florida
BA, English and American Literature (Honors)
Minor, Public Health
2004 – 2007 European University of Madrid
Relevant Courses: Medical and Surgical Pathology;
Medical Vocabulary; Microbiology; General Pathology;
Anatomy, Morphology, Physiology
2002 – 2004 University of South Florida
Preliminary Studies for English and American Literature
1998 – 2002 Jesuit High School, Tampa Florida
“Sunday Blurb” A Grain of Sand. Short Story. Aberytswyth University MA Anthology. 2016.
“Shadow of an Edda.” Poem. Birmingham Journal of Literature and Language (BJLL), 2016
“A Palpable Void.” (concealed information)
Guest edited Research Matters vol. 27. Aberystwyth Online Journal. 2014
“Lady Lazarus” a critique of Sylvia Plath’s poetics in Thread, the journal for student publications at the University of South Florida (USF). 2004.
Befriending Bedlam: Ken Kesey’s Literary Fabrication of the Institution of Mental Health. USF Libraries, LB2364.Z73W564. 2004.
Currently co-authoring an article with Madalena Antunes from Universidade de Lisboa (University of Lisbon) on Emasculation in Ulysses and Lolita.
Working collaboratively with writer Daniel Shelly-Smith on a creative writing project for publication.
Founder of the website (concealed information)
PhD Thesis Contemporary Remediations: The Dynamics of Literary Technology and Memory
• Medical writer and translator for the Puerto Rican Study for Multiple Sclerosis. Summer of 2010
• Translated material for the American Council for Headache Education (ACHE) Summers of 2009 and 2010
• Independent Wine Consultant for Wine Shop at Home. October of 2011 until January 2012
• Assisted in organizing the 2013 Aberystwyth Postgraduate Conference.
• A member of the Postgraduate Student Staff Committee. 2014
• Executive chair of the Postgraduate Committee Center. 2014
• Research liaison for Contempo. The Aberystwyth Centre for Contemporary Poetry. 2013
PRESENTATIONS and CONFERENCES
March 8, 2017. Opening Address for the department of Education. “Constructing Experiences: Understanding the Benefit of Other Cultures.” National University of Costa Rica.
October 7-8, 2016. 1st International Academic Meeting of The Edgar Allen Poe Spanish Association. “Deception of Reality: Poe’s Use of Empiricism to Delude his Audience.” Albacete, Spain. Faculty of Humanities of Albacete, Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha (University of Castilla-LaMancha).
September 1-4, 2015. Life Stories: International Congress on Narrative Social Sciences. Organized by Poetics of Selfhood: Memory, Imagination, and Narrativity Research Project. “Variance in Shade: The Relation of Textual Ambiguity with Narrator Death in Pale Fire.” Faculdade de Letras, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal.
May 21 2015, Sensory Modernism. “Stumbling Over the Self.” Leeds, United Kingdom
September 4, 2014, Is a Novel Just a Novel? “A Palpable Void.” Durham, United Kingdom
October 2013, The Maria Zambrano International Conference. Chaired the panel for the Keynote speaker. Tampa, Florida
April 25-26, 2013. Aberystwyth Postgraduate Conference. Liminal Spaces: Exploring the In-Between “The Return of Barth.” Aberystwyth, United Kingdom
May 23, 2013. Manchester. Digital Transformer Symposium. “The Remediated Barth.” Manchester, United Kingdom
Toni Morrison’s Beloved: A Retelling of Ethnicity. Aberystwyth, United Kingdom
Postmodernism: Wor(l)ds of Interpretation. Aberystwyth, United Kingdom
P R O F E S S I O N A L M E M B E R S H I P S
American Translators Association
The Spanish Society of North American Studies (La Sociedad Española de Estudios Norte Americanos)
The Modern Language Association
A delegate of the Edgar Allen Poe Spanish Association (Asociación Española Edgar Allen Poe)
Tampa General Hospital Translator for Spanish Speaking Patients
Summers of 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
Native English speaker
Spanish (Fluent in reading, speaking, and writing)
P E R S O N A L EXTRACURRICULAR INTERESTS
Reading, traveling, art, camping, canine cross, triathlons
I can heartily recommend John as a good teacher - he is an excellent communicator and has a great passion for literature and thinking. He is always thoroughly prepared, has done his research and will go the extra mile to support and amplify his students' learning.
John is a highly educated teacher with a keen ability to impart knowledge. He is an outstanding communicator, effective, dedicated, and committed to excellence.
I give him my highest recommendation without hesitation and I am certain that he will be a great assett to his students.
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