MFA Students

John William Kennedy


John Kennedy is an MFA candidate at the University of Pittsburgh pursuing graduate certificates in Latin American and Global Studies. He received his BA in Spanish Language and Literature at Temple University. At Pitt, he teaches both English composition and Spanish language and culture courses. In addition to teaching, he has conducted extensive research in Latin America for academic and social justice work. He has worked in Chile, Peru, and Guatemala, drawing on ethnographic and archival research practices. He is the co-founder of Ix Style Inc., a company that works with artisans and NGOs in Guatemala to encourage sustainable ethical commerce and social development. He is the thankful receipient of the Ivana Santa Cruz Nationality Room Scholarship at Pitt, a CLAS Tinker Field Research Grant, and the Chijnaya Fellowship.

He has presented his research at several conferences and chaired panels for critical discussions on border studies, testimonio, biopolitics, contemporary Latin American cinema, and more. He writes essays, short stories, and poems, and is at work on his thesis, a novel drawing on his family's history in Guatemala.

His work has been featured or published in Harper's Bazaar, Vogue, People Style Watch, Shopify, and others.



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