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Luis Marcelino Gómez has published a new book: Bajo los arces/Under the Maple Tree/Poetic Anthology

January 31, 2018

Luis Marcelino Gómez has published a new book: Bajo los arces/Under the Maple Tree/Poetic Anthology. Publishing House: La Agencia de la Palabra (Caracas, Venezuela, 2017). It can be purchased on Amazon:

“Under the Maple Trees”, by Luis Marcelino Gómez, is a personal anthology that collects poems written during the last four decades. Some have appeared in books and literary magazines in Europe, the Americas and the Near East. Also contains 36 poems published for the first time. The anthology is divided into 5 sections:

  1. Poems of various styles and themes. The majority, of free verse, dedicated to love, death, solitude, metapoetry, and the world in general. Also, poems which themes are anger, pain, anguish, reflection, experimentation. There is a sonnet in classic style and another in the manner of the modernists.
  2. 13 haikus.

III. 2 poems related to Judaism.

  1. 4 four poems, some of which evoke famous Cuban poets of the past.
  2. 3 poems whose themes are suggested in the title: “Divertimentos.”

Congratulations to ROMS Associate Professor Bruno Estigarribia!

December 13, 2017

Congratulations to ROMS Associate Professor, Bruno Estigarribia, who has received a 2018 NEH Fellowship for his project titled “Language and Indigeneity in a Global World: Guarani Spaces and Linguistic Decolonization in Paraguay”.

He will be doing fieldwork in Argentina and Paraguay to document current Guarani language practices and create the first digital archive of contemporary Guarani. Transcripts, audio, and video from interactional observation and sociolinguistic interviews will be hosted (with consultants’ consent) in a database that will be the first publicly accessible, fully searchable archive of any of the Guarani languages.

ROMS PhD student Sarah Booker’s translation of Cristina Rivera Garza’s The Iliac Crest will officially be released tomorrow, October 10 with the Feminist Press.

October 9, 2017

Feminist_CatalogCoverArt_Iliac Crest.jpgROMS Ph.D. student Sarah Booker’s translation of Cristina Rivera Garza’s The Iliac Crest will officially be released tomorrow, October 10 with the Feminist Press. 

On a dark and stormy night, two mysterious women invade an unnamed narrator’s house, where they proceed to ruthlessly question their host’s identity. While the two women are strangely intimate, even inventing a secret language, they harass the narrator by claiming repeatedly that they know his greatest secret: that he is, in fact, a woman. As the increasingly frantic protagonist fails to defend his supposed masculinity, he eventually finds himself in a sanatorium.

Published for the first time in English, this Gothic tale destabilizes male-female binaries and subverts literary tropes.


ROMS welcomes all students, regardless of immigration status.

September 14, 2017

The Department of Romance Studies welcomes all students, regardless of immigration status. We recognize the pain and suffering that the current US administration’s efforts to repeal DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) is causing for many in our community. We share in the disappointment and sadness that UNC Chapel Hill’s leaders have expressed and join them in supporting all our students.

University leadership’s statement on DACA repeal