Mark J. Curran is a retired professor from Arizona State University where he worked from 1968 to 2011, teaching Spanish and Portuguese and their respective cultures. His research specialty was Brazil and its "popular poetry in verse" or the "Literatura de Cordel,"and he has published many articles in research reviews and now some sixteen books related to the "Cordel" in Brazil, Spain, and the United States. Other books are either of an autobiographical nature - "The Farm" or "Coming of Age with the Jesuits" - or reflect classes taught at A.S.U. The latter are in the series "Stories I Told My Students:" books on Brazil, Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, Portugal and Spain. "Letters from Brazil I and II" are experiments combining reporting and fiction. "A Professor Takes to the Sea I and II" is a chronicle of a retirement adventure with Lindblad Expeditions on the National Geographic Explorer Ship. "A Rural Odyssey" is a work of fiction based on "The Farm" and, finally, "Letters from Brazil III," now, is a continuation of that series.