Author’s Note and About the Online Edition

Online Edition 

The online version of this textbook, which is used to support the University of Wisconsin online Spanish for Reading and Translation course, was adapted and edited by Erin Paul (Ph.D.) with help from Julie M. Dahl (Ph.D.). It is maintained by Erin Paul and any questions can be directed to her at

About the Author 

           Jeff Kirsch received his A.B. degree from Miami University and his M.A. and Ph.D., with a specialty in 20th-Century Peninsular Contemporary novel and a minor in Portuguese, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has also studies at the Universidad de los Andes, in Bogotá, Colombia and the Universidade Federal do Paraná in Curitiba, ParanáBrazil.

He has taught Portuguese language and a wide variety of courses in Spanish language and literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Before retiring he directed the Independent Learning program in Spanish and Portuguese at the UW-Madison Division of Continuing Studies. Also he has directed the Spanish language program at Tulane University.

The author has written and had published three novels, including Madlands and God’s Little Isthmus. 

Author’s Note 

           The author would like to thank JoAnn Debo for proofreading the print version of the textbook and José I. Laboy for the original reading “Música caribeña,” as well as the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Division of Continuing Studies, Department of Liberal Arts and Applied Studies for its support.


William Hagen, an undergraduate student at UW-Madison majoring in statistics and environmental science, was integral in helping to create the open textbook in 2017. Our thanks to him for transferring the content of the print textbook to WordPress.

We also want to acknowledge Dr. Alan Ng and Dr. Sarah Korpi for their ongoing technical support. Their experience creating open online textbooks has helped improve the presentation of the material you see here.