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Dr. Marilyn Kiss originally got her Ph.D. in Latin American Literature with a dissertation on the Argentine dramatist Griselda Gambaro. She has since branched out into Latino(a) literature of the US, second language acquisition and methodologies, and Hispanic film. She is the co-editor of a special edition, "Encuentros Transatlánticos," of Letras femeninas, the journal of the Asociación Internacional de Literatura Femenina Hispánica and Signal Moments: Poems of Loss and an Antidote (Austin: Plain View Press, 2007). Her second book of poetry is "Pacharán Dreams: The Pamplona Poems" (Austin, TX: Plain View Press, 2011). She is currently working on a book for the English-speaking audience on the Spanish film director, Pilar Miró.
She is president of the Metropolitan New York Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese and served for three years as Chair of the Cinema Special Interest Group (SIG) of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. She routinely presents papers and does pedagogical sessions at the annual conferences of both of these organizations, both in the US and abroad. In addition, she frequently participates on panels at MELUS conferences on Multiethnic Literatures of the United States.
She was selected as a "Summer Scholar" in seminars at New York University through the Faculty Resource Network on "Multiculturalism, Cosmopolitanism and New York Writing," "Sampling Hip-Hop: Popular Culture as a Pedagogical Tool," "Latino Studies Across the Curriculum," "Caribbean Studies Across the Curriculum," "Emergent Contemporary Literatures of the US," "Internationalizing the Curriculum," and "The American Experience: A Poetics Workshop" with Sharon Olds, Galway Kinnelll and Michael Harper.
She teaches all levels of Spanish language and literature courses and classes of literature in translation. At Wagner, she serves as Coordinator for Study Abroad, participates in the First Year Program, and is a member of the Internationalization Action Council.
She is an avid photographer and travels widely in Spanish-speaking countries.