Edgar O'Hara studied literature at the Universidad Católica del Perú, at Washington University (St. Louis) and at the University of Texas at Austin. Since 1989 he has taught Latin American literature and Spanish composition at the University of Washington. His fields of particular academic interest are Latin American poetry and essay. He has written for and organized several literary journals and published numerous critical works, as well as his own original poetry. He has received numerous prizes for his poetry.