Jose Amaya is an Associate Professor of English at Marshalltown Community College. He previously taught at Iowa State University and The Ohio State University. He grew up in southern Colorado on a farm and credits this upbringing with his interest in literature that conveys a sense of place. When he can, Jose goes home to fly fish in southern Colorado for native trout.

His current research interests include the work of the Cuban poet, Jose Marti. In 2016, Jose conducted research at the Centro Estudios Marti in Havana, Cuba. He is currently a Fulbright Program Specialist, and hopes to conduct future research on Marti in Spain and Argentina.

Jose has served on the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars, the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Board, and the Iowa State University Extension Council. He truly enjoys learning more about Iowa and the influence of the Humanities on our state.