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Abstract

Juan Carlos Galeano was born in the Amazon región of Columbia. He‘s a poet, translator and has done extensive research on Amazonian folklore. He teaches Latin American poetry and cultures of the Amazon basin at Florida State University. Paul Outka, Assistant Professor of U.S. literature at Florida State University, discusses Ecocriticism, an important and rapidly growing field of studies in North American universities. In 2009, Professor Outka‘s book, Race and Nature from Transcendentalism to the Harlem Renaissance (Palgrave Macmillan), won the 2009 Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE) biennial award for the best theoretical book written on literature and the environment published in 2007 and 2008. This interview took place during the summer of 2010 in Tallahassee, Florida, USA. A Spanish version of this interview was published in Kanatari, the main cultural journal of the Peruvian Amazon basin at Florida State University.

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