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Javier Avila

Javier Avila
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Javier Ávila (San Juan, Puerto Rico) is the recipient of numerous literary awards, including the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture Poetry Award and the Pen Club Book of the Year Award. His dual-language poetry anthology Vapor brings together poems from his award-winning books. His best-selling novel Different was made into a movie entitled Miente. Two of his other novels, The Professor in Ruins and The Oldest Profession, explore Puerto Rico’s academic underworld. Ávila’s most recent novel, the thriller Polvo, was published in 2019. In 2021, he received the prestigious Cultural Arts Award given by the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education. Ávila is a professor of English; in 2015, he was named Pennsylvania’s Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. He is the first Latino to receive this honor. For the last four years, Ávila has toured the country with his highly acclaimed one-man show, The Trouble with My Name, a performance that blends poetry and satire to explore the American Latino experience.
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