Tino Villanueva

Last updated

Tino Villanueva (born December 11, 1941, San Marcos, Texas) is an American poet and writer. His early work was associated with the Chicano literary renaissance of the 1960s and 1970s, [1] and Villanueva is considered to be a primary figure in that literary movement. [2] More recently, Villanueva's work has treated themes from Greek mythology. [3]



In 1963, Villanueva was drafted into the United States Army, and spent two years in the Panama Canal Zone, where he became immersed in Hispanic literature, reading Rubén Darío and José Martí. [4] He graduated from Texas State University, on the G.I. Bill, from the State University of New York at Buffalo with an M.A. in 1971, and from Boston University with a doctorate in Spanish in 1981. He has taught at Wellesley College, and held visiting appointments at the University of Texas-Austin, the College of William and Mary, and Bowdoin College. Until his retirement in 2015, Villanueva served as senior lecturer in Spanish, Department of Romance Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences at Boston University. [5]

Villanueva writes in both English and Spanish, often switching between the two languages. [6] He founded Imagine Publishers, Inc., and edited Imagine: International Chicano Poetry Journal.

His papers are held at Texas State University. [7]



Related Research Articles

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Martín Espada</span> Puerto Rican poet

Martín Espada is a Puerto Rican-American poet, and a professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he teaches poetry. Puerto Rico has frequently been featured as a theme in his poems.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Tomás Rivera</span> American poet

Tomás Rivera was a Mexican American author, poet, and educator. He was born in Texas to migrant farm workers, and worked in the fields as a young boy. However, he achieved social mobility through education—earning a degree at Southwest Texas State University, and later a Doctor of Philosophy degree (PhD) at the University of Oklahoma—and came to believe strongly in the virtues of education for Mexican-Americans.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Norma Elia Cantú</span> American writer

Norma Elia Cantú is a Chicana postmodernist writer and the Murchison Professor in the Humanities at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Claribel Alegría</span> Nicaraguan-Salvadoran poet, essayist, novelist and journalist

Clara Isabel Alegría Vides, also known by her pseudonym Claribel Alegría, was a Nicaraguan-Salvadoran poet, essayist, novelist, and journalist who was a major voice in the literature of contemporary Central America. She was awarded the 2006 Neustadt International Prize for Literature.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Alurista</span> American poet and activist

Alberto Baltazar Urista Heredia, better known by his nom de plume Alurista, is an American poet and activist. His work was influential in the Chicano Movement and is important to the field of Chicano poetry.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Luis J. Rodriguez</span> American poet and writer (born 1954)

Luis Javier Rodriguez is an American poet, novelist, journalist, critic, and columnist. He was the 2014 Los Angeles Poet Laureate. Rodriguez is recognized as a major figure in contemporary Chicano literature, identifying himself as a native Xicanx writer. His best-known work, Always Running: La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A., received the Carl Sandburg Literary Award and has been controversial on school reading lists for its depictions of gang life.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Chicano poetry</span> Subgenre of Mexica-American literature

Chicano poetry is a subgenre of Chicano literature that stems from the cultural consciousness developed in the Chicano Movement. Chicano poetry has its roots in the reclamation of Chicana/o as an identity of empowerment rather than denigration. As a literary field, Chicano poetry emerged in the 1960s and formed its own independent literary current and voice.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Alicia Gaspar de Alba</span> American critic and writer

Alicia Gaspar de Alba is an American scholar, cultural critic, novelist, and poet whose works include historical novels and scholarly studies on Chicana/o art, culture and sexuality.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Juan Felipe Herrera</span> American writer (born 1948)

Juan Felipe Herrera is an American poet, performer, writer, cartoonist, teacher, and activist. Herrera was the 21st United States Poet Laureate from 2015 to 2017. He is a major figure in the literary field of Chicano poetry.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Benito Pastoriza Iyodo</span> Puerto Rican writer (1954–2022)

Benito Pastoriza Iyodo was an author of poetry, poetics, fiction, and literary articles. The themes of his literary works included man's evolution from childhood to adulthood, examination of self, the precipices of culture and its rituals, violence in the cities, examination of stereotypes, the constructs of communication, gender roles and sexuality, education systems and racism, exploitation and the manifestation of exclusion through political and economic powers. He died at the age of 67 on August 8, 2022, at Doctors Hospital at Renaissance in Edinburg, Texas.

James Scully is an American poet. Died 12/11/20.

Doug Anderson is an American poet, fiction writer, and memoirist. His most recent book is Horse Medicine

Leroy V. Quintana is an American poet, and Vietnam Veteran.

Alma Luz Villanueva is an American poet, short story writer, and novelist.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Francisco X. Alarcón</span> American poet

Francisco Xavier Alarcón was a Chicano poet and educator. He was one of the few Chicano poets to have "gained recognition while writing mostly in Spanish" within the United States. His poems have been also translated into Irish and Swedish. He made many guest appearances at public schools so that he could help inspire and influence young people to write their own poetry especially because he felt that children are "natural poets."

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Andrés Montoya</span> American poet

Andrés Montoya was a Chicano poet.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Carmen Tafolla</span> American writer

Carmen Tafolla is an internationally acclaimed Chicana writer from San Antonio, Texas, and a professor emerita of bicultural bilingual studies at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Tafolla served as the poet laureate of San Antonio from 2012 to 2014, and was named the Poet Laureate of Texas for 2015–16. Tafolla has written more than thirty books, and won multiple literary awards. She is one of the most highly anthologized Chicana authors in the United States, with her work appearing in more than 300 anthologies.

Margarita Cota-Cárdenas is an American poet and author. A voice for Chicano literature, Cota-Cárdenas is known for her 1985 novella Puppet: A Chicano Novella and her works of poetry. She is a professor emerita of Spanish at Arizona State University.

Neil Raymond Ricco, formerly known as Noel Rico, is a Spanish-Italian American poet and writer known for his works featured in publications by Nicolás Kanellos, Eileen Myles and Mike Marqusee. Ricco was an early member of the Nuyorican Poets Café and he appeared in the film Friend of the World.


  1. Tino Villanueva Biography . Retrieved February 12, 2020.
  2. Olivares, Julián (1986). "Self and Society in Tino Villanueva's "Shaking" Off The Dark". Confluencia. 1 (2): 98–110. ISSN   0888-6091. JSTOR   27921661.
  3. Dickes, Keely (2019-04-12). "At I Am Books, Villanueva Recites Poems of Devotion in Ancient Greece". The Heights. Retrieved 2019-09-28.
  4. "Poetry". The Texas Observer. 2000-05-12. Retrieved 2019-09-28.
  5. "Author Page - Tino Villanueva". Archived from the original on 2010-01-14.
  6. Stock, Ann Marie (1998). "Talking Back, Looking Ahead: The Revisionist Cine-Poetry of Tino Villanueva". Bilingual Review / La Revista Bilingüe. 23 (3): 237–247. ISSN   0094-5366. JSTOR   25745629.
  7. "The Wittliff Collections: Tino Villanueva". Archived from the original on 2012-07-08. Retrieved 2009-11-27.
  8. "Distinguished Alumni Achievement Awards 2015". www.liberalarts.txstate.edu. 2019-09-19. Retrieved 2019-09-28.