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Mark Smith-Soto

Mark Smith-Soto Emeritus Professor of Spanish 
Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley
Phone: 336-334-5655
Fax: 336-334-5358


  • B.A., University of Maryland
  • M.A., University of California at Berkeley
  • Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley

Awards, Grants, Special Appointments

  • Head, Department of Romance Languages, (1986-1994)
  • Editor/Associate Editor, International Poetry Review, (1992 - present)
  • UNCG Senior Alumni Teaching Excellence Award, (1997-1998)
  • Director, UNCG Center for Creative Writing in the Arts, (2006 - present)

Employment at UNCG

  • Professor (1987 - 2014)
  • Head, Department of Romance Languages (1986-1994)
  • Associate Professor (1984-1986)
  • Assistant Professor (1976-1984)
  • Instructor (1975-1976)

Courses Taught (Selective List)

  • Introductory Spanish
  • Intermediate Spanish
  • Spanish Conversation
  • Advanced Spanish
  • Spanish Composition and Advanced Grammar
  • Introduction to Spanish Literature
  • Modern and Contemporary Literature of Spanish America
  • Seminars on Modernismo, Alfonsina Storni, Borges
  • Poder, Política y Amor-Seis Voces
  • Freshman Seminar ("Violence in Literature")
  • Residential College: Creative Writing, Poetry
  • Poetry Writing Workshops (for the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies)

Research Interests

  • 19th and 20th Century Literature of Spanish America
  • Poetry
  • Translation theory and practice
  • Theatre


  • José Asunción Silva: contexto y estructura de su obra. [José Asunción Silva: Context and Structure of His Work]. Bogotá, Colombia: Editorial Tercer Mundo, 1981.
  • El arte de Alfonsina Storni. [The Art of Alfonsina Storni] Bogotá, Colombia: Editorial Tercer Mundo, 1986.
  • Green Mango Collage, winner of the North Carolina Writers' Network's Persephone Publication Award, Birch Brook Press, June 2000.
  • Shafts, winner of the North Carolina Writers' Network's Harperprints/Jarrell Poetry Prize ,Harperprints, October 2002.
  • Our Lives Are Rivers, University Press of Florida, 2002.
  • Any Second Now, Main Street Rag Publishing Co., 2006
  • Time Pieces, Main Street Rag Publishing Co., 2015

Other Publications

  • Numerous articles, poems and translations in Thesaurus, Romance Quarterly, Hispanófila, Kenyon Review, Literary Review, Antioch Review and many other similar journals.
  • Most recent publication: Waiting Room, winner of Red Mountain Review's Chapbook 2008 Chapbook Publication Prize.


  • Twelve short plays produced since 2002, including "Deal With This: Trio From the Holocaust Museum," Theatre Orange of the Carrboro/Chapel Hill Arts Center, winner of "Ten by Ten Festival Competition." Included in the anthology 35 in 10, Kent R. Brown, ed., Dramatic Publishing, 2005.

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