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Published on Jun 22, 2013
2013 New London High School Commencement Keynote Speaker, Jose B. Gonzalez. Jose B. Gonzalez was born in San Salvador, El Salvador, and immigrated to New London, Connecticut at the age of eight. A 2012 Fulbright Scholar to Spain, he has been the recipient of such honors as the 2009 American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education Outstanding Latino Faculty of the Year Award, Connecticut's Higher Education Multicultural Faculty of the Year Award and has published poetry in such journals as Callaloo, The Teacher's Voice, Palabra, Acentos Review, Calabash and Colere, and anthologies including Coloring Book, Nantucket: A Collection, and Latino Boom: An Anthology of U.S. Latino Literature, which he also co-edited. His work was most recently included in a special edition of OCHO featuring Latino poets. His first collection of poetry (currently untitled) is scheduled to be published by Bilingual Press in 2013. He was the recipient of the 2006 Poet of the Year Award presented by the New England Association of Teachers of English. In addition, he has contributed critical and nonfiction essays to such journals as New England Quarterly and to National Public Radio. He has been featured in the nationally syndicated show, American Latino TV, as well as Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education.