Texas Tech Spanish Professor Publishes Taste of Life in French Quarter

DATE: Sept. 14, 2006
CONTACT: Gretchen Pressley, gretchen.m.pressley@ttu.edu
(806) 742-2136

LUBBOCK – Dr. Genaro J. Perez, a professor of Hispanic literature at Texas Tech University, published his second book of poetry entitled “Spanish Quarter Notes.”

“Spanish Quarter Notes,” written in English, is a series of short poems that reflect the experiences and struggles of a young Hispanic man living in New Orleans’ French Quarter during the late 1960s. Not simply a memoir, “Spanish Quarter Notes” also offers descriptions of the city life, characters and culture as seen through the author’s eyes.

“New Orleans was a center for liberal ideas and freedom,” Perez said. “There were civil-rights protests and demonstrations; and the city was filled with street people looking for new lives.”

Perez based the stories reflected in the poems on his own memories of the French Quarter, as well as on the experiences of his friends. He lived in New Orleans during the late 1960s, and started school at Tulane University in 1971 to earn his master’s and doctorate degrees.

“Spanish Quarter Notes” adds to the stories shared by Perez in his novel “The Memoirs of John Conde,” published in 2000. “The Memoirs of John Conde” also is set in the French Quarter during the late 1960s. However, the experiences and stories portrayed in each book are unique.

[Editor’s note: If you would like to obtain a copy of “Spanish Quarter Notes” for review, please submit your request in writing to support@publishamerica.com or fax number 301-631-9073.]


CONTACT: Dr. Genaro J. Perez, professor of Hispanic literature in the Department of Classical and Modern Languages, (806) 742-3145 ext. 281 or genaro.perez@ttu.edu.