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John William Kennedy

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John Kennedy is an MFA candidate at the University of Pittsburgh pursuing two graduate certificates in Latin American and Global Studies. At Pitt, he teaches both English composition and Spanish language courses. In addition to teaching, John has conducted extensive research in Latin America. In order to conduct archival research in Chile and Guatemala, he has received a Nationality Room scholarship and a CLAS Tinker Field Research Grant; in Peru, he conducted ethnographic research thanks to a Chijnaya Fellowship he received during his undergraduate studies at Temple University. He has presented his research at several conferences. Engaged in interdisciplinary work, John writes essays and short stories, and is currently at work on his thesis, a novel sustained by his grandmother stories and Guatemalan history.

As a first-generation American, John's creative and academic interests reflect his family's heritage and origins in Guatemala, and he plans to pursue a PhD in Spanish/Hispanic Language and Literature in order to continue his scholarly and creative pursuits. He has published his creative work in literary magazines, and has been featured in Harper's Bazaar and other publications for his work around issues of social justice in Guatemala.

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