Xavier Navarro Aquino

Xavier Navarro Aquino1

Assistant Professor of English


Specialty: Postcolonial Studies; Caribbean Literature; Latin American Literature; Contemporary Fiction; Contemporary Poetry.

Degrees: B.A., Iowa State University; M.A., University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras; Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


Xavier Navarro Aquino was born and raised in Puerto Rico. Named one of the writers to watch for fall 2021 by Publishers Weekly, Navarro Aquino is the author of the novel, Velorio out from HarperVia/HarperCollins and HarperCollins Español in January 2022. His fiction has appeared in Tin House magazine, McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, and Guernica. His poetry has appeared in The Caribbean Writer and is anthologized in Thicker Than Water: New writing from the Caribbean by Peekash Press. Navarro Aquino has been awarded scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, a Tennessee Williams scholarship from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, a MacDowell Fellowship, and an American Council of Learned Societies Emerging Voices Fellowship at Dartmouth College.