Dr. Rojo Robles is a writer, filmmaker, and professor born and raised in Puerto Rico. He graduated from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras with a B.A. in Theater and an M.A. in Comparative Literature. He completed his M. Phil and Ph.D. Degrees in Latin American, Iberian and Latino Cultures at CUNY’s Graduate Center. Having taught at various CUNY colleges, he is now a Substitute Lecturer of Black and Latino Studies at Baruch College, CUNY, where his courses are particularly focused on Latin American, Latina/o/x, and Afro-diasporic literature, film and intermedial cultures with an emphasis on Puerto Rico.
He has published articles in SX Salon| Small Axe Project, the Puerto Rico Review, Revista Cruce, Revista Iberoamericana and has been a cultural critic at 80grados.net for a decade. Dr. Robles has been researching and writing about cinegraphic and intermedial literature in Puerto Rico, Latin America, and US Latinx communities and on Black film in the Caribbean and the US. He is the editor of Pedro Pietri’s posthumous chapbook Condom Poems 4 Sale One Size Fits All (Lost and Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative, 2019).
Along with teaching, researching, and writing, Dr. Robles has substantial work as a fiction writer, playwright, and filmmaker. Since 2004 he is the artistic director of the independent group, El kibutz del deseo, dedicated to producing plays, films, and publishing fiction and poetry. He is the author of Los desajustados/The Maladjusted (2015) and Escapistas (2017) and the writer, director, and producer of the experimental film The Sound of ILL Days (2017). He is currently at work on the book project Cinegrafía: literatura, espectadores y cinefilia contemporánea en Latinoamérica, and on a series of articles about the intersections and collaborations between Nuyorican and African-American filmmakers.
Photo by Jorge Luna