DAVID RIO is Professor of American Literature at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) in Vitoria-Gasteiz. His research interests are located within the field of American Studies, with an emphasis on diaspora studies, regional literatures, and especially western American writing and Basque-American literature. He is the author of El proceso de la violencia en la narrativa de Robert Penn Warren (1995), Robert Laxalt: The Voice of the Basques in American Literature (2007) and New Literary Portraits of the American West: Contemporary Nevada Fiction (2014). He has also co-edited six volumes on the literature of the American West (the latest one is The Western in the Global Literary Imagination, 2022)and the special issue of the journal Western American Literature on “Writing the Global Western” (2019). David Rio coordinates an international research group (REWEST) specialized in the literature and culture of the American West.