Claudia Moreno Parsons

Claudia Moreno Parsons


I am a teacher, scholar, and writer with a wide range of interests. After beginning my undergraduate college career as an Anthropology major, I switched my focus to do what I truly love: read books. Studying Medieval Arab and Western European literatures while earning my Master’s degree at Brooklyn College (CUNY), I then focused on North American poetics at the CUNY Graduate Center, receiving my PhD in 2010. I have been teaching composition and literature courses since 1999, when I began my graduate studies.

My first book, Amiri Baraka and Edward Dorn: The Collected Letters, was published by the University of New Mexico Press in their Recencies Series (2013) and received the 2014 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award for Excellence in Literature. The Collected Letters, an annotated collection of the correspondence between the poets Ed Dorn and Amiri Baraka in the early 1960s, originated as both dissertation and as a publication in the first Lost and Found series, a small chapbook press presenting archival materials centered around what is known as the New American Poetry. I am currently at work on two endeavors: a book project focused on the correspondence between Edward Dorn and writer Lucia Berlin; and a work of long fiction.

A native New Yorker, I have spent many years traveling between the East and West coasts, and I am now thrilled to be able to call California home. I am excited and proud to be part of the Oxnard College community.