Xavier Navarro Aquino

Assistant Professor
Faculty Fellow, Institute for Latino Studies; Faculty Fellow, Initiative on Race and Resilience

Assistant Professor
216 Decio Faculty Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556



Areas of study

  • African and African American
  • Creative Writing
  • Latinx
  • Postcolonial/Global


Ph.D. English, Literature and Creative Writing. University of Nebraska-Lincoln
M.A. English, Caribbean Studies. University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras
B.A. English, Literary Studies. Iowa State University

Research and teaching interests

Postcolonial Studies, Caribbean Literature, Hispanic/Latinx Literature, Contemporary Fiction, Contemporary Poetry, African and African American Literature


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 HarperCollins and in Spanish from HarperCollins Español. His fiction has appeared in Tin House magazine, McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, Guernica, among others. Navarro Aquino has been awarded scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, a MacDowell Fellowship, and an American Council of Learned Societies Emerging Voices Fellowship at Dartmouth College.