Dr. Rafael Montes
Professor of English
PhD, MA, University of Miami; BA, Oberlin College
Phone: 305-628-6731
Office: Mimi Dooner Hall, Room 210-H

Rafael Miguel Montes is a Professor of English and Humanities as well as the Program Coordinator for the English program at St. Thomas University. A graduate of the University of Miami, he has worked during the last fifteen years at the university to bring students an appreciation of a number of different genres usually outside of the tradition American and British literature curriculum. His book-length study, Making Place/Haciendo Lugares: Generational Traumas in Cuban and Cuban-American Literature is currently available at over 200 libraries worldwide. During the past five years, Dr. Montes has specialized in the field of horror literature and his 3-part academic essay cycle on Horror in Cuba, Googling for Natives, has been translated into several different languages and reprinted in a number of magazines. A two-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize in American Poetry, he has also published over 50 poems in over 35 literary magazines and journals. His first full-length book of poetry, CABOODLE: Menu (for Little Havana), was published in 2015 for Prole Books.

  • Caboodle (Prole Books, 2015)
  • "Cart”—“Barrio” Gris Gris (Spring 2014).
  • "Walk"—"Hips"—"Magic Eye" Northwind 3 (Summer 2012).
  • "Dismantling the Digital Dollhouse: Will Wright’s The Sims and Virtual Consumption" Co-written with Dr. Andrea A. Campbell. Quarterly Review of Film and Video 30.1 (2013).
  • "Cuba’s ‘Special Period’ and the New Horror" Diabolique 2. Ed. Robert E. Simpson. (Spring 2011).