Literature & Humanities

Robert Arellano is the author of seven novels, among them Sunshine ’69, the web’s first interactive novel, and Havana Libre: a Cuban Noir (Akashic Books, 2017). Havana Lunar was a finalist for the Mystery Writers of America’s 2010 Edgar Allan Poe Award. His stories and essays have been featured in dozens of literary and scholarly publications including The Village Voice, Tin House, and The Believer. Since 1992, he has taught more than 100 undergraduate and graduate courses on writing and in the humanities at Brown University, Rhode Island School of Design, Southern Oregon University, and University of New Mexico. As Associate Dean of Instruction at UNM-Taos, he created the dual-language program in Literacy & Cultural Studies. In 2014, Literary Arts awarded him the Oregon Literary Fellowship in Fiction. In 2016 he joined the Board of Directors of Oregon Humanities, the state branch of the NEH, and the Rockefeller Foundation selected him for the Bellagio Center Arts & Literary Arts Fellowship. And in 2018 the Oregon Arts Commission awarded him a Career Opportunity Grant.

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