Department of Languages, Literature, and Philosophy
Ph.D., University of Massachusetts Amherst
M.A., Northeastern University
B.A., Vanderbilt University
Natasha Azank is an Assistant Professor of English. She teaches courses in American Literature, composition, and world literature. Her research interests focus on Latina women writers, migration and diaspora in Ethnic American Literature, transnational literature and studies, and issues of social justice in Puerto Rican poetry. She received her Ph.D. from The University of Massachusetts Amherst, with a graduate certificate in Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino studies. In her dissertation she examines how the work of four Puerto Rican poets – Clemente Soto Velez, Julia de Burgos, Martin Espada, and Naomi Ayala – demonstrates a poetics of resistance and enacts social justice. She has presented her work at various national and regional conferences. When she’s not teaching, she enjoys swimming, baking, being outdoors (hiking, camping, playing at the park with her dog - you name it), and making pottery.
Selected Academic and/or Popular Press Publications
“A Poetry like Ammunition: Resistance and Subversion in the Work of Martín Espada” (forthcoming in Acknowledged Legislator: Critical Essays on Martin Espada. Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2014)
Selected Conference Presentations
“‘The Power Behind My Song’: The Language of Resistance in Naomi Ayala’s Poetry”
1st Biennial U.S. Latina/o Literary Theory and Criticism Conference. New York City, March 2013
“‘A Poetry like Ammunition’: Resistance and Subversion in the Work of Martín Espada.” Northeast Modern Language Association Conference. New Brunswick, NJ. April 2011.
“Julia de Burgos’ Poetry of Resistance.” Puerto Rican Studies Association Conference. Hartford, CT. October 2010.
“‘The Guerilla Tongue’: The Politics of Resistance in Puerto Rican Poetry.” Multiethnic Literatures of the U.S. (MELUS) Conference. Scranton, PA. April 2010.
“Esmeralda Santiago, Julia Alvarez, and Luis Rodriguez: Writing to Legitimize a Latino/a Identity.” Multiethnic Literatures of the U.S. (MELUS) Conference. Fresno, CA. March 2007.
“Overcoming Grief in Julia Alvarez’s How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents.” American Literature Association. Boston, MA. May 2005.
Selected University Presentation/Talks
“The Significance of History in Paule Marshall’s Brown Girl, Brownstones.” University of Massachusetts Amherst Graduate Student Conference. Amherst, MA. May 2007.
“‘The Present Moment’: The Relationship between Time, Space, and Modernity in Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway.” University of Massachusetts Amherst Graduate Student Conference. Amherst, MA. May 2006.
Classes Taught at TSU
Short Story & the Novel
Languages, Literature, and Philosophy