WILLIAM LUIS is the Chancellor’s Professor of Spanish at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, and is the editor of Looking Out, Looking In: Anthology of Latino Poetry (Arte Público Press, 2013), a comprehensive volume of Latino poetry from the mid-twentieth century to the present.
He is the author of numerous books, including Lunes de Revolución: Literatura y cultura (2003); Culture and Customs of Cuba (2001); Dance Between Two Cultures: Latino Carribean Literature Written in the United States (1997); Literary Bondage: Slavery in Cuban Narrative (1990). He has edited and / or co-edited a number of works, such as “Antología: Poesía hispano-caribeña escrita en los Estados Unidos,” Boletín de la Fundación Federico García Lorca (December, 1995); with Ann González, Modern Latin American Fiction Writers, First Series (1994); Modern Latin American Fiction Writers, First Series (1992); with Julio Rodríguez-Luis, Latin America: Culture as Text. Translation Perspectives VI (1991); Voices from Under: Black Narrative in Latin America and the Caribbean (1984); with Edmundo Desnoes Los dispositivos en la flor (1981).
Born and raised in New York City, Luis did all of his post-secondary education outside of his immediate environment. He received a B.A. from the State University of New York at Binghamton, an M.A. from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and a second M.A. and Ph.D. from Cornell University (1980).
His research interests are nineteenth- and twentieth-century Latin American literature, contemporary Spanish American, Caribbean, Afro-Hispanic, and Latino literatures.
Luis has taught a variety of courses, including one on literary theory and criticism, and others co-listed with American, Afro-American, and Comparative Literature programs at Dartmouth College, the State University of New York at Binghamton, where he was director of the Latin American and Caribbean Area Studies Program, and Vanderbilt University. He also accepted invitations to teach at Washington University in St. Louis and at Yale University in New Haven.