Short Vita for Robert L. Giron
Professor of English
Chair, Department of English, Reading, World Langauges, AELP, and Women's Studies
Montgomery College‑Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus
Takoma Park, MD 20912
Gival Press, LLC.
Summer Studies, Literature and the Humanities
The University of Cambridge, Cambridge, England.
Post Graduate, Comparative Literature at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.
Poetry Workshop at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor with Robert Hass.
Post Graduate, Creative Writing at the University of Texas at El Paso.
Course work with:
José Antonio Villarrea
Jon Manchip White
Gifford D. Wingate
M. A., Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.
B. A., The University of Texas at El Paso.
Have Taught English Classes At:
George Washington University
Austin Community College
St. Mary's University, San Antonio
University of Texas, San Antonio
El Paso Community College
Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
Publisher, Editor, Marketing Specialist.
Program Coordinator, College Department Chair, Acting Dean.
Translator, Writer, Photographer.
Editor in Chief: The Sligo Journal (2011)
Arts and literary journal for the Montgomery College-Takoma Park/Silver Spring community.
Editor:Poetic Voices Without Borders 2 (2009)
An international anthology with over 150 poets.
Editor: Poetic Voices Without Borders (2005)
An anthology of poetry by 147 poets from around the world in English, French, and Spanish.
Translator: Songs for a Single String of Canciones para una sola cuerda by Jesús Gardea (2002)
Songs for the Spirit (2001)
Metamorphosis of the Serpent God (1999)
Wrestling with Wood (1999)
Recuerdos (Memories) (1999)
Impressions françaises (French Impressions) (1999)
Poetry Has Appeared In:
Poetic Voices Without Borders 2
Beltway: A Poetry Quarterly
Poets Against the War online
Only the Sea Keeps: Poetry of the Tsunami
Poetic Voices Without Borders
The World Haiku Review
31 Arlington Poets (a CD)
White Crane Journal
Puerto del Sol
The Texas Anthology
The Great Lawn
Slouching Towards Consensus
The Poet's Domain: A Place for the Genuine
This Week in Texas
An Interdisciplinary Introduction to Women's Studies
edited by Brianne Friel & Robert L. Giron (2005)
Essays/Articles Have Appeared In:
Living in Faith
Journeys Across the Rainbow: Inspirational Stories for the Human Race
Community College Humanities Journal
AFACCT: Focus on Teaching
Community College Guide to Curriculum Change
The English Forum
El Paso Herald‑Post
Slouching Towards Consensus
The Advance Newspaper
Austin Writers' League Newsletter
Crit Lit News
A Ghost Writer and Spanish Translator on a Team for:
22 "Focus Series" books for children published by Scott, Foresman & Company
For Poetic Voices Without Borders 2:
2009 Winner of the National Best Book Award for Fiction & Literature: Anthologies, sponsored by USA Book News
2009 Runner-Up for the London Book Festival Award for Poetry
2009 Honorable Mention: San Francisco Book Festival Award for Poetry
For Poetic Voices Without Borders:
2006 Writers Notes Magazine Book Award—Notable for Art
2006 Independent Publisher Book Award—Honorable Mention for Anthologies
Winner of the 2006 Moving Words Poetry Competition for poem Living in Arlington.
Winner of the 2006 Writers Notes Magazine Book Award—Notable for Art for the book Poetic Voices Without Borders edited by Robert L. Giron.
Semi-Finalist for the 2006 Independent Publisher Book Award for Anthologies for the book Poetic Voices Without Borders edited by Robert L. Giron.
Winner of the 2005 DIY Book Festival Award for Compilations / Anthologies for the book An Interdisciplinary Introduction to Women's Studies edited by Brianne Friel & Robert L. Giron.
Finalist in the 2004 Moving Words Poetry Competition for poem The Pearl Glaze.
Finalist in the Obadiah 2003 Writers’ Contest for essay “Fortune Was My Name But Faith Sustained Me” in Living in Faith (Obadiah Press, 2004).
Finalist in the 2003 Violet Crown Book Award for Literary Prose/Poetry for translation of Canciones para una sola cuerda / Songs for a Single String.
Finalist in the 2001 Moving Words Poetry Competition in Arlington, Virginia for the poem The Olive Branch from the collection Metamorphosis of the Serpent God.
The First Thanksgiving  a poem in the collection Metamorphosis of the Serpent God was named Best of the Entries in the Austin Writers’ League Radio Collective Contest 2000 and was aired on A Gift of Poets program on KOOP Austin, 91.7 FM and KRTU San Antonio, 91.7 FM, along with another of my poems entitled The Souls of Countless Tribes.
Faculty Outstanding Service Award, Montgomery College, 2002.
National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Excellence Award, University of Texas at Austin, May 2002.
National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Excellence Award, University of Texas at Austin, May 1997.
Montgomery College, Effective Team Award, 1994.
Montgomery College-Takoma Park Humanities & Social Sciences Special Faculty Recognition Award, Spring 1990.
CIC Mellon Foundation Fellowship, University of Michigan, Fall 1979.
Dean's List, Graduate Studies, Southern Illinois University, 1974-1975.
Dean's List, Baccalaureate Studies, University of Texas, El Paso, 1971-1973.
Nominated to Top Ten at the University of Texas at El Paso, 1973.
Named Who's Who in Among Students in American Universities & Colleges, University of Texas, El Paso, 1973-1974.
Types of Presentations:
Have presented at numerous national conferences related to the teaching of English (composition, film, and English as a Second Language) and creative writing.
Have given numerous poetry readings at national and international venues.
Have given numerous workshops on creative writing at middle schools and high schools as well as at the college level.
Give lectures in the Metropolitan Washington, DC area on the topics:
The First Thanksgiving, 1598
Shamanism Across Cultures
A Sampling of Memberships:
American Association of American Professors
Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages
Washington Area Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages
National Council of Teachers of English
Conference on College Composition and Communication
National Writers Union
Washington Independent Writers
Writers’ League of Texas
The Writers' Center
Sampling of Courses Taught at Various Institutions:
Creative Writing (poetry, fiction, nonfiction)
Hispanic Experience in USA Literature
Film and Literature
Introduction to Literature
Introduction to Drama
Introduction to Fiction
Composition & Critical Reading
Composition for Pre‑MBA Students
English as a Second Language
Basic Writing and Reading
Have Been Listed In:
Who’s Who in America
Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers
A Directory of American Poets & Fiction Writers
Who's Who in Education
Who's Who Among Hispanic Americans
Have Traveled In:
Mexico, Canada, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Switzerland,
France, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Belgium, Holland, England, The Czech Republic.
Writing, reading, theatre, art, music, travel, swimming.
Languages: Native speaker of English, fluent in Spanish, good command of French.