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Javier Ávila

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Javier Ávila
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Javier Ávila, 2020
BornJavier Ávila
San Juan, Puerto Rico
🏳️ NationalityPuerto Rican
🏫 EducationUniversity of Puerto Rico (BA, MA) Indiana University of Pennsylvania (Ph.D)
💼 Occupation
Writer, academic
🌐 Websitejavieravila.net

Javier Ávila (/ɑvɪla/ AH-vee-la) is a poet, novelist, and professor.

In 2015, Ávila was named Pennsylvania Professor of the Year by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.[1] He is the first Latino to receive this award.[2][3]

Ávila is the author of the poetry books La simetría del tiempo, Criatura del olvido, Vidrios ocultos en la alfombra, and El papel del difunto (Premio de Poesía Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña).[4] Ávila is the author of the novels The Professor in Ruins (2006), La profesión más antigua (2012), Polvo (2019), and the thriller Different (2002), which was made into the movie Miente (2009).[5]

Ávila is the creator of the one-man show, The Trouble with My Name, a performance about the American Latino experience.[6][7][8]

Early life and education[edit]

Ávila was born and raised in Bayamón, Puerto Rico. He received a bilingual education at the American Military Academy in Guaynabo. He studied English at the University of Puerto Rico, where he earned a B.A. in Linguistics and an M.A. in Literature. He holds a Ph.D. in Literature and Literary Criticism from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.[9]


  • Polvo (Libros AC, 2019)
  • The Trouble with My Name (Foredust, 2017)
  • Vapor (Libros AC, 2014)
  • La profesión más antigua (Libros AC, 2012)
  • El papel del difunto (Editorial ICP, 2010)
  • Criatura del olvido (Terranova, 2008)
  • The Professor in Ruins (Wiley, 2006)
  • La simetría del tiempo (Terranova, 2006)
  • Vidrios ocultos en la alfombra (Terranova, 2003)
  • Different (Foredust, 2001; Wiley, 2006)


  1. Tatu, Christina. "Northampton Community College professor is Pennsylvania Professor of the Year". mcall.com. Retrieved 2020-12-27.
  2. "Javier Ávila | Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues". Retrieved 2020-12-27.
  3. https://mundohispanico.com/javier-avila-trae-su-show-de-comedia-y-poesia-bilingue-the-trouble-with-my-name/
  4. "ICP otorga los Premios de Literatura 2008". Primera Hora (in español). Retrieved 2020-12-27.
  5. "Miente -- Film Review | Hollywood Reporter". www.hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved 2020-12-27.
  6. https://muhlenbergweekly.com/arts-culture/tackling-prejudice-comedy-poetry-dr-javier-avila/
  7. Nerl, Daryl. "Poet Javier Avila presents 'The Trouble with My Name' at Northampton, Lehigh community colleges". mcall.com. Retrieved 2020-12-27.
  8. Pilot, Principia (2020-10-06). "'White one day, brown the next:' Javier Ávila on the American Latino experience". Retrieved 2020-12-27.
  9. "Professor | Northampton Community College". www.northampton.edu. Retrieved 2020-12-27.

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