Geoffrey Fox

Biographical notes

Geoffrey Fox is an American fiction writer and essayist based in New York City and Carboneras, Almeria, Spain.

Born in Chicago on April 3, 1941, he received a B.A. in Government from Harvard University (1963) and then spent over a year in Caracas, Venezuela, as a community organizer for Acción in Venezuela, where he learned Spanish and began a life-long commitment to combating inequality and advancing our understanding of globalization and its consequences. He earned a PhD in Sociology from Northwestern University (1975), with a dissertation on “Working-Class Émigrés from Cuba,” published under that title by R&E Research Publications (1979) .

Fox’s fiction includes the novel A Gift for the Sultan (2010; translated into Turkish as Bir cihan, iki sultan),  the collection of short stories Welcome to My Contri, and scores of short stories published in print in The Three Penny Review, Central Park, Yellow Silk, Fiction International  and other magazines, and online in literary journals including Linnaean Street, In Posse, Looking Glass, and Exquisite Corpse. Under the name of his alter ego, Baltasar Lotroyo, he writes short stories in Spanish which have been published in anthologies in Spain and on Spanish websites. (See Baltasar Lotroyo’s home page and his detailed listings.) His fiction has been reviews in The New York Times Book Review and other journals and on-line sites, including Amazon and Goodreads..

His nonfiction includes the groundbreaking book Hispanic Nation: Culture, Politics and the Construction of Identity (1998) and pioneering and influential essays on diverse aspects of culture and society in Latin America such as “Honor, Shame, and Women’s Liberation in Cuba”(1973); “Mermaids and Other Fetishes: Images of Latin America” (1989); and “Liberty and People: Ideological Analysis of the Political Writings of Simon Bolivar” (1983). Other essays, articles and book reviews have been published in The New York Times, Newsday, The Nation, In These Times and Counterpunch, among others. Mr. Fox has taught literature and sociology at New York University, The New School for Social Research, Cornell University Labor College, the University of Puerto Rico at Rio Piedras, Ohio Wesleyan University and the university of Illinois at Chicago Circle.

He is married to architect Susana Torre and has two sons by a previous marriage.

Portrait by Mariano Ortega