Hedy Habra

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Hedy Habra
Instructor of Spanish
(269) 387-3105
(269) 387-3103
815 Sprau Tower, Mail Stop 5338
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Department of Spanish
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5338 USA
  • Ph.D., Western Michigan University

Dr. Hedy Habra is an instructor in the Department of Spanish at Western Michigan University.

Habra specializes in Spanish American literature, with an emphasis on the Peruvian writer, Mario Vargas Llosa, on whose novels she wrote her doctoral dissertation. Her articles on Vargas Llosa's fiction and on numerous Spanish and Latin American authors have appeared in publications such as:

  • Revista de Estudios Hispánicos
  • Latin American Literary Review
  • Chasqui, Inti
  • Explicación de Textos Literarios
  • Alba de América, Hispanófila

She is the author of:

  • A book of literary criticism, "Mundos alternos y artísticos en Vargas Llosa" (Iberoamericana/Vervuert, 2012)
  • A collection of short fiction, "Flying Carpets" (March Street Press, 2012)
  • A poetry collection "Tea in Heliopolis" (Press 53, 2013)
  • A poetry collection “Under Brushstrokes” (Press 53, 2015)

“Under Brushstrokes” is now available for pre-order from Press 53. “Tea in Heliopolis” won the 2014 USA Best Book Award for Poetry and was a finalist for the International Book Award for Poetry. Her collection of short fiction, “Flying Carpets,” won the 2013 Arab American National Book Award's Honorable Mention and was a finalist for the Eric Hoffer Award and the USA Best Book Award. Her book of literary criticism “Mundos alternos y artísticos en Vargas Llosa” explores the function of the visual in the creation of sub-worlds in the narrative of the Peruvian novelist Mario Vargas Llosa, the 2010 Nobel Prize recipient.

She recently was featured in readings at the Michigan News Agency and the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center.

Habra was the recipient of the 2015-16 College of Arts and Sciences Part-Time Instructor Excellence in Teaching Award.