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Ángel García

Assistant Professor


Ángel García, the proud son of Mexican immigrants, is the author of Teeth Never Sleep (University of Arkansas Press), winner of a CantoMundo Poetry Prize, winner of an American Book Award, finalist for a PEN America Open Book Award and a Kate Tufts Discovery Award. His work has been published in the American Poetry Review, McSweeney's, Crab Orchard Review, RHINO, Connotation Press, Tinderbox, Huizache, Miramar, Waxwing, The Acentos Review, The Packinghouse Review, and The Good Men Project among others. He has also received fellowships from Community of Writers, CantoMundo, Vermont Studio Center, and MacDowell.

Ángel is an Assistant Professor in the English Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He earned a PhD from the University of Nebraksa, Lincoln, an M.F.A. from the University of California-Riverside, a B.A. from the University of Redlands, and an A.A. from Long Beach City College. In addition to his creative and academic work, Ángel is also the cofounder of the non-profit organization, Gente Organizada, that works to educate, empower, and engage communities through grassroots organizing. He lives in Champaign, Illinois and is working on his second collection of poems.



PhD in English: University of Nebraska-Lincoln

MFA in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts: University of California, Riverside

Awards and Honors

2018 CantoMundo Poetry Prize

2019 American Book Award

Courses Taught

CW 100 - Intro to Creative Writing

CW 106 - Poetry Workshop I

CW 206 - Poetry Workshop II

CW 199 - Undergraduate Open Seminar - Latinx Underworlds

CW 406 - Poetry Workshop III

CW 502 - Problems in Poetry Writing (Craft Course)

CW 506 - Writing Workshop in Poetry (Graduate Workshop)

LLS 242/ENGL 225 - Intro to Latina/o Literature

Additional Campus Affiliations

Assistant Professor, English
Assistant Professor, Latina/Latino Studies

Recent Publications

Garcia, A. N. (2018). Teeth Never Sleep: Poems. The University of Arkansas Press.

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