Houston could produce the next great novel – in Spanish.
The University of Houston will launch a new doctorate program in the fall, with that goal in mind.
It will offer a PhD in creative writing in Spanish, the first program of its kind in the country.
The program’s founder and director, Cristina Rivera Garza, said that writers have applied from the United States, Latin America and Spain.
She wants graduates to be able teach and work with community organizations and, of course, publish new works.
“Perhaps not the next Gabriel Garcia Marquez, but the next writer for the 21st century,” Rivera Garza said. “Someone that I believe at this point has to be bilingual or multilingual, someone who will have experience in translation.”
Rivera Garza said that the United States now counts 50 million Spanish-speakers and those changing demographics make the time ripe to cultivate new Spanish writers in a diverse city like Houston.
She also said Houston made sense as the program’s home, because of its rich cultural offerings and because UH hosts other resources, like the nation’s largest publisher of Hispanic authors at Arte Publico Press.