Dr. David Lee Garrison
Professor Emeritus of Spanish & Portuguese (Retired)
- Ph.D., Spanish, 1975 John Hopkins University
- M.A., Comparative Literature, 1978 Indiana University
- M.A., Spanish, 1972 Catholic University of America
- B.A., Romance Languages (honors), 1968 Wesleyan University
David Lee Garrison was born in Bremerton, Washington. He did his undergraduate work at Wesleyan University, master’s degrees at Indiana University and the Catholic University of America, and his Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins. Since 1979 he has taught Spanish and Portuguese at Wright State, and from 1999-2007 he chaired the Department of Modern Languages. His books include a critical study, Góngora and the “Pyramus and Thisbe” Myth from Ovid to Shakespeare; original poetry in English, Spanish, and Portuguese; and, translations of Vicente Aleixandre, José Bergamín, and Pedro Salinas. His articles on Spanish literature have appeared in Calíope, Classical and Modern Literature, Hispania, Hispanófila, Neophilologus, and Revista canadiense de estudios hispánicos, among other journals. His original poetry and translations have also appeared widely in literary magazines, and Garrison Keillor read two poems from David’s book, Sweeping the Cemetery (Browser Books) on his syndicated radio program, The Writer’s Almanac. David is married to Suzanne Kelly-Garrison, an Instructor in WSU’s College of Business who teaches commercial law. In their spare time, the Garrisons play tennis and sail. Dr. Garrison retired as full-time faculty in June of 2010.