Areas of Expertise: Caribbean Literature and Culture, Black British Literature and Culture, Cultural Studies, Postcolonial Theory, Creative Writing
Office location: English Department, Pedreira Building, Office #7. Basement of Pedreira Building, College of Humanities
Office hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:00-2:30 pm, or by appointment.
Phone: (787) 764-0000 ext. 89643
Messages: (787) 764-0000 ext. 89611 (at the English Department office)
Dr. Loretta Collins has lived in various locations relevant to Caribbean studies, including Jamaica, England, and Canada. She received a B. A. in English Literature and an M.A. in English-Creative Writing from California State University, Fresno, an M.F.A. in poetry writing from The University of Iowa Writer’s Workshop, and a Ph.D. in English, with an emphasis on Anglophone Caribbean literature, from The University of Iowa.
She is Full Professor of Caribbean literature and creative writing at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras campus. In 2000, she founded the bilingual student literary and visual arts journal Tonguas, published annually by the English Department.
Her faculty and curriculum development project “Humanities and the Healing Arts: Puerto Rico and the Caribbean” (1/1/2012 – 12/31/2013) was awarded a $100,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The grant supported a multidisciplinary learning environment for 15 professors in diverse fields (ten from the Humanities at the Río Piedras Campus and five from the Medical Sciences Campus) to train in Bioethics and the Medical Humanities. The project has developed nine interdisciplinary undergraduate courses and created a minor degree program in the Medical Humanities and Health. The minor degree program will begin receiving students in August 2017.
Her articles have been published in several essay collections and such journals as Small Axe, Anthurium: A Caribbean Studies Journal, Image and Narrative, Jamaica Journal, Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies, South Asian Popular Culture, and Literature and Medicine.
The recipient of numerous awards for poetry writing, including those offered by The Academy of American Poets and Pushcart Prize, she has published poetry in anthologies and literary journals, such as The New Yorker, Best American Poetry 2016, Poui: The Cave Hill Literary Annual, Susumba’s Book Bag, Smartish Pace, The Caribbean Writer, BIM, Caribbean Beat Magazine, The Caribbean Review of Books, Moko: Caribbean Arts and Letters, WomanSpeak, Ekphrastic Review, A Congeries of Poetry at Connotation Press: An Online Artifact, TriQuarterly, Black Warrior Review, Antioch Review, Quarterly West, and The Missouri Review. She was one of eight poets to have poems in the anthology New Caribbean Poetry (2007), published by Carcanet Press in Britain. Her poetry collection The Twelve-Foot Neon Woman was published by Peepal Tree Press (Leeds, England) in 2011. It was the Poetry winner in the 2012 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature and was short-listed for the 2012 Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection.