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Ernesto Livon-Grosman
Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies
Director, Latin American Studies Program

romance languages and literatures

Academic Degrees

Ph.D., M.A., New York University; B.A., Empire State College

Research Areas

 Latin American film, poetics, and travel writing

Honors and Awards

Cartoneros (documentary), received the following awards and distinctions: “Best Educational Film,” Tulipanes International Film Festival, Holland, Michigan, August 2007; "Best Green / Outdoors Film," Connecticut Film Festival, May 2007; and the "Enviromental Film Award," Tenth International Festival Cinema for Human Rights, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2008.

The visual poem, Mensaje a la Humanidad (Roberto Cignoni: Message to Humanity) was a finalist in the Zebra Film Festival (category, "Focus Argentina"), Berlin, 2010, sponsored by the Goethe Institute.

Boston College Academic Technology Innovation Grant, 2008, 2009


The Oxford Book of Latin American Poetry: A Bilingual Anthology.

The Oxford Book of Latin American Poetry: A Bilingual Anthology. Edited (with introductory essays) by Cecilia Vicuña and Ernesto Livon-Grosman. Oxford University Press, 2009.

José Lezama: The Oxford Lima Selections

José Lezama: The Oxford Lima Selections. Edited and with an Introduction by Ernesto Livon-Grosman. Berkeley: University of California Press, February, 2005.

Geografías imaginarias

Geografías imaginarias: el relato de viajes y la construcción del espacio patagónico. Buenos Aires: Beatriz Viterbo Editora. 2003; 2nd Ed. 2004.

The XUL Reader: An Anthology of Argentine Poetry 1980-1990

The XUL Reader: An Anthology of Argentine Poetry 1980-1990. Editor and author of the introductory study. New York: Roof Books, 1997.

Charles Olson: Poemas (Translation) Buenos Aires: Tres Haches

Charles Olson: Poemas (Translated by Ernesto Livon-Grosman and Jorge Santiago Perednik.) Buenos Aires: Tres Haches, 1997.

Film and Digital Media Productions


Interview with the experimental Argentine film director, Alberto Salomón. This interview is an integral part of The Salomón Project dedicated to the preservation of the work of Alberto Salomón’s work as filmmaker. The project is part of Ernesto Livon-Grosman’s research interest in preserving and making available the work of independent and amateur Latin American filmmakers.

Brascó, a documentary film (2103) presenting a history of political and cultural life in Argentina of the last fifty years through the eyes of one of the country's leading senior intellectuals, Miguel Brascó, poet, publisher and artist.

Several contributions (on poets Jorge Santiago Perednik, Charles Bernstein, Roberto Cignoni, Reina Maria Rodriguez, and Raul Zurita) to the visual poetry series sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania, "Pennsound:" Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing.


The Radio Reading Project

The "Radio Reading Project," a series of recordings and interviews in English and Spanish with poets from South and North America, co-produced at New York University by Ernesto Livon Grosman.

flattened cartons

Cartoneros (2006): a documentary about the socio-economics of trash recycling in Buenos Aires, written, directed and co-produced by Ernesto Livon-Grosman.

XUL digital website

The XUL digital website, conceived and curated by Ernesto Livon-Grosman, is a digitalized edition (enriched by a new critical apparatus) of the Argentinian intellectual journal, XUL: Signo Viejo e Nuevo, published in the 1980s as a forum for both literary and political expression during the years of dictatorship.

Recent Articles and Book Chapters

"Inside-Outside: Nicolasito Guillén Landrián´s Subversive Strategy in Coffea Arábi" in The Essay Film: Dialogue, Politics, Utopia, eds., Elizabeth Papazian and Caroline Eades, Columbia University Press, forthcoming.

"Nicolasito's Way: Los sinuosos caminos de la estética revolucionaria," in La Fuga (online journal, Chile), special issue (Spring 2013) devoted to the Cuban poet, painter, and experimental filmmaker, Nicolás Guillén Landrián.

"Memorias privadas, imágenes públicas. La primera persona en dos documentales argentinos recientes," Iberoamericana 8.29 (2008): 105-122 (special issue on the theme, "Entre-discursos: medios masivos, literatura y política en la cultura latinoamericana").

Recent Papers and Presentations

Two panel presentations with screenings of Brascó and Cartoneros at the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival (FLEEF), Ithaca College, April 4, 2014.

"Documentary Film," graduate seminar, University of Buenos Aires, Facultad de Medios y Comunicaciones, June 2013.

"All in the Family: Nicolasito's Other Way," John Hopkins University, Program in Latin American Studies, Baltimore, Maryland, April 4, 2013.

“Mapping the Americas,” Dr. Milton Ellis Memorial Event, University of Maine, Orono, Maine, October 4, 2012.

Videopoetics,” presentation of exhibition co-curated by Ernesto Livon Grosman, McNally Jackson Bookstore, 52 Prince Street, New York, NY, May 4, 2012.

Tribute to Jorge Santiago Perednik," McNally Jackson, 52 Prince Street, New York, NY, May 11, 2012.

“Looking Out to See In: Nicolasito Guillén Landrián’s Other Strategy,” Society for Film and Media Studies, Boston, March 23, 2012.

“Technicians of the Sacred,” lecture at commemorative event, “Jerome Rothenberg @ 80,” Martin E. Segal Theatre, City University of New York, New York, December 9, 2011.

“Looking Out to See In: Nicolasito Guillén Landrián’s Other Strategy,” Caribbean Philosophical Association, Rutgers Univeristy, New Brunswick, September 30, 2011.

“Recent Trends in Latin American Cinema,” panel co-organizer and paper presenter. Latin American Studies Association (LASA) Twenty-ninth International Congress, Toronto, Canada, October 6, 2010.

"Mensaje a la Humanidad: Roberto Cignoni" (see above), screening and lecture. Annual Espresso Film Festival, Vienna, Austria, August 13, 2010.

Revolution within the Revolution: The Aesthetic Challenges of Nicolasito Guillén Landrián’s Films,” Visible Evidence: Seventeenth Annual International Conference on Documentary Film and Media, Istanbul, Turkey. August 11, 2010.

Cartoneros” screenings, with public lectures, of my documentary film (see above) at the following venues: Aston University, Birmingham, UK, April 28, 2009; California State University at San Marcos, April 9, 2009 (annual Spring Arts and Lecture Series); University of California at Irvine, April 11, 2009 (“Cultures of Democracy" series); the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS), University of Texas, March 24, 2009; the Embassy of Argentina, Washington, DC, as part of the “DC Environmental Film Festival,” March 13, 2009; Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, April 15, 2010. Program in Latin American Studies, Johns Hopkins University, April 4, 2013.

Revolución y pop en en la obra de un documentalista cubano.” Presented at the Onzième Colloque international du CRICCAL, 16-18 octobre 2008, Paris, on the theme, "Transamériques: Les échanges culturels continentaux."

Ernesto Livon-Grosman

Contact Information

Boston College
Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
Lyons Hall 304D
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, Mass. 02467-3804

Phone: 617-552-2680
FAX: 617-552-2064


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