Ph.D., Columbia University. She is Director of the Graduate Program in Spanish. As Vice President for the Northeast, Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, she was awarded the Order of Don Quijote. She is the recipient of the “Civil Order of King Alfonso X el Sabio” from the King of Spain and of the “Order of Merit Gabriela Mistral” from the Chilean Government. Editor and founder of Entre Rascacielos. Her area of expertise: Contemporary Spanish and Latin American Literature, the art of the interview and creative writing. Dr. Gazarian is the author of countless articles and over 14 books. An authority on Gabriela Mistral, Elena Poniatowska, Carmen Conde, Ana María Matute and Camilo José Cela. She has been a member of the Administrative Committee of the Poet Laureate of the Borough of Queens since 1996. She is a member of the PEN American Center. Dr. Gazarian has been instrumental in establishing the Gabriela Mistral Scholarship /Beca Gabriela Mistral at St. John’s University, as part of the Graduate Program in Spanish.