Francisco Javier Avilés


Francisco teaches Spanish and Latin American culture courses at Duquesne University. Mr Avilés was born in Caguas, PR, but spent most of his childhood in the beautiful Puerto Rican countryside, Aibonito, where his grandmother taught him how to grow batatas. Before coming to Pittsburgh he worked as an editor in the publishing industry. He has published many articles and movie and book reviews in many magazines and newspaper: Débats (Valencia), Diálogo, Claridad, El Nuevo Día, etc. He was the editor of the cultural supplement of the monthly newspaper from Universidad de Puerto Rico. He is finishing his PhD in Latin American literature at the University of Pittsburgh on the presence of tragic imperative in Cuban and Puerto Rican essays during the beginning of the XX century.


  • BA, Comparative Literature, Universidad de Puerto Rico
  • MA, Comparative Literature, Binghamton University


  • K. Leroy Irvis Fellowship

Selected Publications

  • “Estética del derrumbe: escritura y deambular urbano en la obra de Eduardo Lalo” (Revista Iberoamericana 241)
  • “Tachaduras: El autor en el escenario de Otras inquisiciones” (Variaciones 29)