Geoffrey Fox is an American fiction writer and essayist now living in the village of Carboneras, Almeria, Spain, with his wife, architect Susana Torre. He has two sons by a previous marriage.
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. He later 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 The Bookbinder (completed April 2019, publication date pending), about young workers in the Paris Commune of 1871; A Gift for the Sultan (published 2010; translated into Turkish as Bir cihan, iki sultan and published by Nokta, Istanbul), about the conflicts and collaborations between Greek Orthodox Christians and newly-Islamized Turks in the decades before the fall of Constantinople; Welcome to My Contri, a collection of short stories taking place in different parts of Latin America (reviewed in The New York Times Book Review), and scores of other short stories in journals including The Three Penny Review, Central Park, Yellow Silk, Fiction International and others, and online in journals including Linnaean Street, In Posse, Looking Glass, and Exquisite Corpse.
Under the name Baltasar Lotroyo (el otro yo = alter ego in Spanish), he also writes short stories in Spanish. These are regularly published in anthologies in Spain and on Spanish websites. (See Baltasar Lotroyo’s home page and his detailed listings.)
Fox’s nonfiction includes the books Hispanic Nation: Culture, Politics and the Construction of Identity (1998), which has gone through four printings by the University of Arizona Press, and continues to be cited by researchers on the Hispanic/Latino presence in the U.S.; The Land and People of Argentina (Harper Collins, 1990); The Land and People of Venezuela (Harper Collins, 1991). His most frequently cited articles include “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.
Fox has taught courses in both 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, Chicago.