Faculty at the School of Arts and Humanities

Manuel Luis Martinez

Professor of Creative Writing and Literature

Areas of Specialization:  Creative writing fiction, countercultural literature, 20th century American lit, Chicano literature

Office:  JO 4.624
Mail Station:  JO 31
Email:  [email protected]

I'm primarily a novelist, although I do write short stories from time to time. I'm most interested in the lives of Latinos who exist in the shadows and outskirts of American society. My students learn to think about the connections between their personal cultures and ethnicities and the larger national narrative. I'm looking to help you improve your depiction of character and spoken language. I've published four novels, the most recent (Los Duros) won an American Book Award in 2015. Take a course with me if you're interested in exploring the concept of "America" and its various mythologies.

My scholarly focus is on the American counterculture beginning with the Beats (Kerouac, Ginsberg, Burroughs, Hunke, Cassidy, Corso) well into 1970s prose and poetry that sees itself as politically relevant (Hunter Thompson, Tomas Rivera, Oscar Acosta). My book, Countering the Counterculture, reviews various countercultural traditions and how they play against each other in order to gain a fuller history of democratic discourse in the twentieth century and beyond. I also write on the social and political imperatives which writers consider when writing fiction. I call this process "Creative Criticism." To me, this means that the artist/writer responds critically consciously to their sociopolitical experience. Creative writing should therefore be taken as "seriously" as any other form of social criticism.

I want my students to develop their own personal approach to writing. This means giving them a fair amount of latitude in what they write about and how they write. I do stress the fundamental elements of the craft. But I want my students to be electrified by what they write.

I have been a professor of English and creative writing at Ohio State University and Indiana University. I'm finally back in Texas (I'm originally from San Antonio) and thrilled to be joining the faculty at UT Dallas.

Recent Courses:  View courses taught by Manuel Luis Martinez

Work Samples and Publications: 

  • Los Duros, a novel, San Francisco, Floricanto Press/Berkeley Press, 2014.
  • Drift, screenplay, with Librado Lozano, 2014.
  • Day of the Dead, a novel, San Francisco, CA: Floricanto Press/Berkeley Press, 2010.
  • Countering the Counterculture: Rereading Postwar American Dissent from Jack Kerouac to Tomás Rivera, Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, October 2003.
  • Drift, a novel, New York: Picador USA, 2003.
  • Crossing, a novel, Tempe, Arizona: Bilingual Press/Arizona State University Press, 1998.

Ph.D American Literature, Stanford University
MA Creative Writing, Ohio State University
BA English and History, St. Mary's University

Curriculum Vitae:  Manuel Luis Martinez's CV