Sebastiao Edson Macedo is Phd Candidate in Luso-Brazilian Cultures and Literatures. MA in Portuguese and African Literatures at Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro. He has taught avant-garde, modern and contemporary Portuguese Poetry in Brazil and conducted research on literary depictions of the sertão and favelas. Currently working on the notions of poverty within the canonic Brazilian literature. He teaches Advanced Portuguese Language at UC Berkeley. Received the 2014-2015 Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award. Member of the Portuguese Studies Program. He has published photography, translations, articles and essays in jornals such as Lucero, Rascunho, Desenredos, Colóquio Letras, The Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies and Metamorfoses. As poet, he published three volumes of poetry: cego puro sol (2004), para apascentar o tamanho do mundo (2006) and as medicinas (2010).