Faculty, Fellows and Visiting Artists


The ITI faculty offer a wide variety of approaches to the written and visual arts. All are working contemporary artists who publish and exhibit their work in national and international contexts. Our faculty are dedicated to innovative approaches and traditions that value psychologically, culturally and politically engaged work.

Rosa Alcalá

Rosa Alcalá

Rosa Alcal?

Born in Paterson, NJ to Spanish immigrants, Rosa Alcalá is a poet and translator living in El Paso, TX. She is the author of three books of poetry:Undocumentaries (Shearsman Books, 2010), The Lust of Unsentimental Waters (Shearsman Books, 2011), and MyOTHER TONGUE (Futurepoem, 2017). Her poems have appeared in a number of anthologies and journals, including American Poets in the 21st Century: Poetics of Social Engagement, edited by Claudia Rankine and Michael Dowdy (Wesleyan UP, 2018), The Nation, and Chicago Review. Her work as a translator has focused on contemporary Latin American women poets living in the U.S. Recent publications include two edited volumes, Spit Temple: The Selected Performances of Cecilia Vicuña (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2012) and Cecilia Vicuña: New & Selected Poems (Kelsey Street Press, 2018). She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Translation Fellowship, and Spit Temple was runner-up for a PEN Translation Award. She teaches in the Bilingual MFA in Creative Writing Program at the University of Texas at El Paso.