Mark J. Curran is a retired professor from Arizona State University where he taught Spanish and Portuguese Languages and their respective cultures from 1968 to 2011. His research specialty was Brazil, and he made more than twenty trips to that country to collect Brazil's folk-popular poetry, the"Literatura de Cordel," and study its relationship to Brazilian erudite literature and history. Some twenty-five articles in research journals and now fourteen books published in Brazil, the United States and Spain are the results of this endeavor. In retirement Curran has written six additional titles on Brazil, Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, Portugal and Spain, subjects from the civilization courses taught at ASU. Two autobiographical titles complete the list: "The Farm" and "Coming of Age with the Jesuits."