Eric Gudas received a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College, an M.A. in Creative Writing from UC Davis, and a Ph.D. in English from UCLA, where he specialized in 20th-century and contemporary American poetry. Best Western and Other Poems (2010), his most recent book, won the 2008 Gerald Cable Book Award. His book reviews, critical essays, and interviews with American poets have appeared in The Iowa Review, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Poetry Flash, Raritan, and elsewhere.
He has taught writing-based courses at UCLA, Occidental College, and Cal State Los Angeles. Inspired by his many multi-lingual, multi-cultural students from California and around the world—students in one of his recent English Composition classes spoke Arabic, Bengali, Cantonese, English, French, Hindi, Italian, Korean, Malayalam, Spanish, Tamil, and Turkish—he currently organizes his Composition classes around the concepts of code-switching and translanguaging (in loose, non-academic senses of the terms). His classes focus on the act of switching back and forth between languages, between different forms of media (such as text, film, and photography), and between academic disciplines.
More information about his own work is available at www.ericgudas.com.