Published: Sept. 25, 2017

Frederick Luis Aldama is Arts & Humanities Distinguished Professor of English, University Distinguished Scholar, and University Distinguished Teacher at the Ohio State University. He is the author, co-author, and editor of over 30 books. He has been honored with the 2016 American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education’s Outstanding Latino/a Faculty in Higher Education Award. In 2017 he was inducted into the Academy of Teaching and the Society of Cartoon Arts.

Aldama’s stories exist in that borderland space where fact frictively rubs up against fiction in the lives of Latinx peoples. From Xbox videogamer cholo cyberpunks to philosophically musing Latinx tweens and undocumented papás and romancing abuelitas, these dynamic bilingual prose-art creative flash nonfictions probe deeply the psychological ups and downs of Latinxs surviving a world filled with racism, police brutality, poverty.

“Buzzin’ from start to finish, an unexpected bilingual knock-out punch!”
—Juan Felipe Herrera, Poet Laureate of the United States

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After Professor Aldama's reading, there will be an informal conversation with graduate and undergraduate students about comics, TV, video games, music, sports, Latinx studies, creative writing, and literature: Why study popular culture? How do we integrate studies of popular and "high" culture, creative writing and literature? How can you make a career out of this? How do you get published?