International Voices: Michele C. Dávila-Gonçalves and Amy-Jo Minnett , Poets
Michele C. Dávila-Gonçalves is an assistant professor of Spanish in the foreign languages department at Salem State. She is considered part of the 80’s Generation of poets in Puerto Rico, being a founding member of the poetic magazine Filo de juego (The Edge of the Game) and Tríptico (Triptych). She has published extensively in the United States, Puerto Rico, Spain, and Brazil. Dávila-Gonçalves was included in a selection of female poets of her generation in Poetas sin Tregua (Poets Without a Pause, Spain: Ráfagas, 2006), and published her first poetry books as a compilation, Mosaicos (Mosaics, Puerto Rico: Casa del Poeta, 2011).
Amy-Jo Minnett teaches ESL and graduate TESOL courses at Salem State. Her interests in creative writing, linguistics and TESOL converged during her Peace Corps service in Hungary. Minnett developed a deep fascination with and love for the sounds and music of the Hungarian language and its finest poets. While in Hungary, she launched the student literary journals Ellipsis and Undercurrents. And since she was asking her students to write creatively in English as a foreign language, she began writing in Hungarian as a foreign language. Although Minnett writes predominantly in English, her poems emerge from her own play with, acquisition of, and experiences writing in Hungarian.
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