CANTOMUNDISTAS - FOUNDERS

Norma Elia Cantú is the President of the American Folklore Society and Murchison Professor of the Humanities at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. Her research and creative writing have earned her an international reputation as a scholar, poet, and novelist. Her most recent publications include the co-edited anthologies Teaching Gloria E. Anzaldua: Pedagogies and Practices for Our Classrooms and our Communities and meXicana Fashions: Politics, Self-Adornment, and Identity Construction; the novel Cabanuelas; and Meditacion Fronteriza: Poems of Love, Life, and Labor. Dr. Cantu serves on the Ad-Hoc Board of Macondo Writers Workshop and the Board of Esperanza Peace and Justice Center.

Pablo Miguel Martínez is a widely published, award-winning poet from San Antonio, Texas. His collection Brazos, Carry me (Korima Press) received the 2013 PEN Southwest Book Award for Poetry. His chapbook Cuent@ was published by Finishing Line Press in 2016. Martinez’s work appears in numerous publications, including Bilingual Review/Revista bilingue, Borderlands: The Texas Poetry Review, and Gay & Lesbian Review. His work has also been anthologized in Puro Chicanx Writers of the 21st Century, Imaniman: Poets Writing in the Anzaldúan Borderlands, and elsewhere. He is the Co-Founder of CantoMundo and has received support from the Artist Foundation of San Antonio, Alfredo Cisneros Del Moral Foundation, and the National Association of Latino Arts & Culture.

Celeste Guzmán Mendoza is a poet, playwright and essayist born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. She is the co-founder of CantoMundo and co-directed the organization for ten years with Deborah Paredez. She has participated in the Macondo Writers Workshop and the Hedgebrook retreat for women writers. Guzman Mendoza received her BA in Theatre and English Literature from Barnard College, Columbia University, her MFA in Poetry from the Bennington Writers Seminars and her PhD in Higher Education Leadership and Policy from the University of Texas at Austin. She is the author of Beneath the Halo (Wings Press 2013), and her work has been widely published and anthologized.

Deborah Paredez is a poet, performance scholar, and cultural critic. She is the author of the critical study, Selenidad: Selena, Latinos, and the Performance of Memory (Duke 2009), and of the poetry volumes This Side of Skin (Wings Press 2002) and Year of the Dog (BOA Editions 2020). Her poetry and essays have appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Review of Books, Boston Review, Poetry, Poet Lore, and elsewhere. She lives in New York City where she teaches creative writing and ethnic studies at Columbia University. She is the Co-Founder of CantoMundo and served as its Co-Director from 2009-2019.

Carmen Tafolla is an award-winning poet and children’s author, storyteller, performance artist, motivational speaker, scholar and university professor from San Antonio, Texas. She was named State Poet Laureate of Texas in 2015, is a CantoMundo Co-Founder, and is the current President of the Texas Institute of Letters. She is the author of more than 30 books and a Professor of Transformative Children's Literature at UT San Antonio. Tafolla has received numerous