José Alvergue, Ph.D.

José Alvergue
  • Assistant Professor
  • Director of Undergraduate Studies
  • English
  • Latin American Studies
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Dr. Alvergue is a graduate of both the Cal Arts Writing (MFA) and Buffalo Poetics (PhD) programs. Rather than distinguish between critical and creative inquiry, his work engages the intersection of aesthetic experience and political discipline, and appears in numerous journals. He is the author of gist : rift : drift : bloom (2015) and precis (2017), and is currently at work on two new projects. Poetry After Nation, a scholarly monograph, examines the way lyric poets use the memory of experience in America to challenge dominant concepts of citizenship and nation. While scenery is a poetic examination of violence and birth through images of America’s history of racial violence, riots, and casta paintings. His research shapes the way he approaches teaching, in that he believes we can’t unlock the empathy hidden behind words if we don’t understand what is at stake in the risk writers and artists take when they decide to transform the matter which makes up the world around them.

  • Ph.D., SUNY at Buffalo (English)
  • M.F.A., California Institute of the Arts, School of Critical Studies (Writing)
  • B.A., UC San Diego, John Muir College (Literature/Writing) - Departmental Honors with Distinction