Members of the Board

David Kipen (Founder and Co-Director) was book critic and editor for the San Francisco Chronicle for seven years before becoming the Director of Literature for the National Endowment for the Arts (2005-2010).  He has published and edited several books, interviewed dozens of authors, curated film and book festivals (most notably the 60-strong Los Angeles delegation to the Guadalajara Book Festival), and is a frequent reviewer in the Wall Street Journal, L.A. Times, New York Times, and on KPCC.

Colleen Jaurretche (Co-Founder and Co-Director) has published a scholarly study of James Joyce, an edition of essays on Joyce and Samuel Beckett, and numerous other essays and reviews.  She is a native of the Eastside where she grew up with her Mexican-American family, and is passionate about the city’s cultural life, as well as the pleasures of literature.   She teaches at UCLA.

Advisory Board

Jonathan Parfrey is executive director of Climate Resolve. He is a founder and Vice Chair of CicLAvia, the popular street event. He is also a founder of theLos Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability and the statewide Alliance of Regional Collaboratives for Climate Adaptation.

From 2008-2013, Parfrey served as a commissioner at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. He is past-president of the Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters. From 2007-2011, Parfrey served as director of the GREEN LA Coalition. From 1994 to 2007, he served as Los Angeles director of Nobel Peace Prize-winning organization Physicians for Social Responsibility. From 1987-1993, he founded and directed the Orange County Catholic Worker. In 1992, Parfrey received the Paul S. Delp Award for Outstanding Service, Peace and Social Justice. In 2003, Mr. Parfrey was appointed to Governor Schwarzenegger’s Environmental Policy Team. In 2002 he was awarded a Durfee Foundation Fellowship. In 2010, he received a Stanton Fellowship. In 2011, he was appointed a Senior Fellow at the USC Marshall School of Business, and is currently a fellow at the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities.

Richard Vasquez is a creative marketing executive with diverse strategic marketing experience spanning 30 years focused on reaching the Latino consumer segments through relevant and strategic marketing and advertising campaigns, specializing in entertainment and experiential marketing. He has worked on national campaigns for Sears, Levi’s and Kia Motors. He has consulted for LA City Mayor’s Office, Walt Disney Imagineering, The California Endowment and NBC/Universal Telemundo in Los Angeles, helping them connect and engage with health and community building aspirations of L.A.’s diverse Spanish speaking Latino communities. Born in Silver City, New Mexico, raised in Los Angeles, he graduated from UCLA and Coro Foundation-LA Public Affairs Fellows Program.  He currently resides in Highland Park and writes occasionally for Brooklyn & Boyle from the intersection of Community Building and Marketing.

Denise Villegas is the University Archivist at Loyola Marymount University. She received her MLIS from the University of California, Los Angeles, specializing in archival studies after studying computer information systems at California State University, Fresno. Denise has worked as an archivist for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority as an archivist and for the UCLA Law Library as a library assistant.

Maite Zubiaurre is Professor of Spanish and Portuguese literature at UCLA, and currently serves as Associate Dean of Diversity. She initiated her career as literary translator from novels in German into Spanish for the publisher Alfaguara. She holds a degree in Comparative Literature from Columbia University, and taught at the University of Texas, Austin, UNAM (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México), ITAM (Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México), and USC (University of Southern California), before joining the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the Department of Germanic Languages at UCLA. Her areas of expertise are comparative literature; gender studies; urban studies; cultural studies; modern and contemporary Peninsular literature; European (particularly German) and Latin American Realism; Latin American women’s fiction; and Latina and Chicana fiction.

She is the author of El espacio en la novela realista. Paisajes, miniaturas, perspectivas (Fondo de Cultura Económica, 2000), a book-length study of the dialectics of space and gender in European and Latin American realist fiction; and of Cultures of the Erotic. Spain 1898-1939 (Vanderbilt University Press, 2012), the first scholarly monograph that analyzes the diverse visual and textual representations of the erotic in Spanish popular culture during the so-called “Edad de Plata” or Silver Age (1898-1936). Maite Zubiaurre’s adaptation and translation into Spanish of Cultures of the Erotic –Culturas del erotismo en España 1898-1939– was published by Cátedra in 2014. A comprehensive virtual archive or erotic Wunderkammer contains all the textual and visual materials discussed in Cultures of the Erotic/ Culturas del erotismo, as well as additional texts and images found in early 20th century Spanish erotica.

Professor Zubiaurre is the author also of numerous articles and critical editions, and is the co-editor, with Roberta Johnson, of an anthology of Spanish feminist thought (Antología del pensamiento feminista español: 1726-2008, Cátedra, 2012). She is presently writing a scholarly volume on the visual and textual representations of trash and rubble in contemporary culture, and pursuing her passion for photography and collage.


Cuauhtemoc Hernandez, Library Assistant
Cuauhtemoc Hernandez is a journalism and ethnobotany student at East Los Angeles College whose parents run a food truck.

Alberto Sahagun, Library Assistant