Francisco Aragón is the son of Nicaraguan immigrants. A native of San Francisco, California, he holds degrees in Spanish from UC Berkeley and NYU. Upon his return to the U.S. in 1998 after a decade in Spain, Aragón completed graduate degrees in creative writing from UC Davis and the University of Notre Dame. In 2003 he joined the faculty of the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies (ILS), where he established Letras Latinas, the ILS’ national literary initiative. In 2007, Letras Latinas established an office in Washington, D.C., initiating a stable presence there—carrying out literary programming with the Library of Congress, the Folger Library and various branches of the Smithsonian, among others. In 2017, Aragón was named a finalist for Split This Rock’s Freedom Plow Award for poetry and activism. He is the author of two books of poetry: Puerta del Sol (Bilingual Press) and Glow of Our Sweat (Scapegoat Press), as well as editor of The Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry (University of Arizona Press). After Rubén, his next full-length book, is slated for publication in 2020. In the fall semester he teaches a literature course on Latinx poetry on the Notre Dame campus. In spring he teaches a poetry writing workshop, "Politics and Poems," to Notre Dame students in the Washington Program.