Juan Delgado is Professor Emeritus in the English Department at California State University, San Bernardino, where, in addition to his professorial duties, he chaired the English and Communication Studies Departments and served as the university’s interim provost. His collections of poetry include Green Web (1994), published by the University of Georgia Press and selected by poet Dara Weir for the Contemporary Poetry Prize; El Campo (1998), a collaboration with the Chicano painter Simon Silva and published by Capra Press; and Rush of Hands (2003), published by the University of Arizona Press. His most recent book, Vital Signs (2013), was a collaboration with photographer Thomas McGovern and won the Before Columbus Foundation’s American Book Award.
One can find a sample of his poetry and a critical essay on his last book at the Poetry Foundation: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/juan-delgado In recent years, he has presented his photopoetics and signage throughout southern California in museum exhibitions such as Más Allá del los Fencesat the Peppers Gallery in Redlands, 2017. Manos, Espaldas y Blossoms, a collaborative art project with Thomas McGovern featured their artwork and poetry in the groves of the California Citrus State Historical Park, 2018 (http://sweet-sour-citrus.org/projects/manos/). Sign Language, a mixed media exhibition at the CSUN Art Galleries, featured the collaborative work of McGovern and Delgado, and the artwork of Amando Lerma and Carlos Ramirez, aka “The Date Farmers” (https://www.csun.edu/mike-curb-arts-media-communication/art-galleries/events/sign-language).
Professor Delgado has experience with educational organizations at the local, national, and international levels. He is one of co-founders of SCIPP (Students and Coyotes Instruction in Poetry and Prose), a literary and artistic program, centered on working with children and their parents. See “SCIPP Short Doc.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdQwa4Is5m0 In addition, he is a board member for the Dorothy Ramon Learning Center, whose founder and president, Ernest H. Siva (Cahuilla/Serrano), is a Tribal leader with a distinguished record of service to Tribal communities. For several years, Delgado has been the co-director of Native Voices: Poetry Festival, which celebrates native writers and artists and provides literary and artistic workshops for children and teens from the Morongo Reservation and local communities. See “Native Voices.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3_kMN--cPQ