Manuel Villar-Raso is a Retired Professor of American Studies at the University of Granada, and lecturer at the universities of Temple, Hayward, and New Orleans. Villar-Raso is also a prolific essayist, novelist and translator of American poetry. With Hiperión and Cátedra, he has published several bilingual anthologies on Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson, and in recent years he has also translated Irish poets such as Theo Dorgan and Eavan Boland. Villar-Raso has published seventeen novels, and the subject which fascinates his imagination in his first novels is violence. He is also the co-author of several television scripts about Africa, where he has spent long periods.