|Office||Meier Hall 249D|
|EDC 880P||Student Teaching Practicum in English (8-12)|
|ENG 708||Native American Literature|
|ENG 718||Literature of the Sea|
|ENG 725||Introduction to Graduate Studies in Literature I|
|ENG 875||Directed Study|
|ENG 994||Portfolio Capstone|
|ENG 998||Thesis Capstone|
|ENL 253||Multiethnic American Literature|
|ENL 352||U.s. Latinx Literature|
|ENL 354||Native American Literature|
|ENL 491||Queer Theory|
|ENL 495||Special Topics in Theory and Criticism|
Keja Valens received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Harvard University in 2004. She has been at Salem State University since 2005 where she is currently Professor of English.
Keja Valens teaches and writes on Caribbean literature, literatures of the Americas, feminisms, literary and queer theory, and food writing. She is fluent in Spanish and French as well as English.
Coordinator of Graduate Programs in English and English Education Lead Faculty
Querying Consent: Beyond Permission and Refusal. Ed. with Jordana Greenblatt. Rutgers UP, 2018.
A Barbara Johnson Reader. Ed. with Melissa Feuerstein, Bill Johnson González, and Lili Porten. Durham, NC: Duke UP, 2014.
Desire between Women in Caribbean Literature. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
Passing Lines: Sexuality and Immigration. Ed. with Bradley Epps and Bill Johnson González. Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP, 2005.
ESSAYS, ARTICLES, AND BOOK REVIEWS
“Book Review: Alison Donnell’s Creolized Sexualities: Undoing Heteronormativity in the Literary Imagination of the Anglo-Caribbean.” Journal of West Indian Literature, Vol. 31, No. 2 (April, 2023), pages 153-157.
“An Institute-Based Approach to OER in Digital Caribbean Studies” with Perry Collins, Hélène Huet, Laurie Taylor, Brittany Mistretta, Hannah Toombs, Anita Baksh, Nathan H. Dize, Juliet Glenn Callender, Ronald Angelo Johnson, Aaron Kamugisha, K. Adele Okoli, and Laëtitia Saint-Loubert. Using Open Educational Resources to Promote Social Justice, edited by CJ Ivory and Angela Pashia. Association of College and Research Libraries, 2022, pages 285-299. Using Open Educational Resources to Promote Social Justice (ala.org)
“Home Cooking: Diaspora and Transnational Caribbean Cookbooks.” Becoming Home: Diaspora and the Anglophone Transnational, edited by Jude V. Nixon & Mariaconcetta Costantini. Vernon Press, 2021, pages 109-134.
“Book Review: Patricia Powell’s Me Dying Trial.” Journal of West Indian Literature, Vol 29, No. 1 (Spring, 2021), pages 183-185.
Translation: “Walking: yesterday I dreamed I was traveling” by Sharling Hernández. Bi Women Quarterly Vol. 39 No. 2 (Spring, 2021), pages 3-5.
“Institutionalizing (in)equality: The Double-Edged Sword of Diversity Requirements” with Daniel Delgado. Teaching Race in Perilous Times. Eds. Jason Cohen and Dwayne Mack. SUNY Press, 2021.
“Book Review: Caribbean Jewish Crossings.” New West Indian Guide 95-1&2 (2021).
“Caribbean Ecopoetics: The Categorial Imperative and Indifference in the Caribbean Environment.” Caribbean Literature in Transition, 1970-2020. Eds. Ronald Cummings and Alison Donnell. Cambridge University Press, 2020, page 371-385.
Translation: “Around the World: In Search of Freedom” by María Rodríguez. Bi Women Quarterly Vol. 31 No. 3 (Summer 2020), pages 3-5.
“Barbara Johnson.” Oxford Bibliographies of Literary and Critical Theory, 2019.
“Travesti and Trans Activism in Latin America and the Caribbean.” Global Encyclopedia of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer History. Eds. Howard Chiang (editor in chief), Anjali Arondekar, Marc Epprecht, Jennifer Evans, Ross Forman, Hanadi al-Samman, Emily Skidmore, Zeb Tortorici. Cengage Learning, 2018.
“Intertwining Ambivalence, Multiplicity, and Contingency: A Review of Kaisa Ilmonen’s Queer Rebellion in the Novels of Michelle Cliff” SQS Journal 12.1-2 (2018): 68-70.
"Between Occupation and Dictatorship: Recipes for Haitian Independence," 40th Annual West Indian Literature Conference, Nassau, Bahamas, October 2022.
“Recipes for Jamaican Independence,” 11th Annual Conference on Food Studies, October, virtual, October 28-30, 2021.
“Diaspora and Transnational Caribbean Home Cooking,” 39th Annual West Indian Literature Conference, virtual, October 29-30, 2021.
“Domestic Control in West Indian Colonial Cookbooks.” 38th Annual West Indian Literature Conference, Georgetown, Guyana, October 16-21, 2019.
“Caribbean Eco-poetics.” 37 Annual West Indian Literature Conference, Miami, Florida, October 3-6, 2018.
“Decolonial Ecopoetics and the Human Animal in the Caribbean Environment” Caribbean Studies Association 43rd Annual Conference, Havana, Cuba, June 5-8, 2018.
Food, from seed to stomach. Making familia in all kinds of ways.