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LEADERSHIP

Amy Sayre Baptista
Executive Director

Amy Sayre Baptista

Carmen Giménez Smith
Co-Director
Carmen Giménez Smith

Carmen Giménez Smith, a 2019 Guggenheim fellow, is the author of seven books including Milk and Filth, a finalist for the 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award in poetry and Be Recorder, a finalist for the National Book Award, the L.A. Times Book  and the PEN Open Book Award. She was awarded an American Book Award for Bring Down the Little Birds and the Juniper Prize for Poetry for her collection Goodbye, Flicker. She is a Co-Director for CantoMundo, publisher of Noemi Press, and a Professor of English at Virginia Tech.

Ángel García
Board Member

Ángel García is the author of Teeth Never Sleep (University of Arkansas Press), winner of a 2018 CantoMundo Poetry Prize, winner of a 2019 American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation, finalist for a 2019 PEN America Open Book Award, and finalist for a 2020 Kate Tufts Discovery Prize. His work can be found in American Poetry Review, Crab Orchard Review, Waxwing, Huizache, Miramar, Ninth Letter, Tinderbox, and The Good Men Project among others. He currently lives in the Midwest.

Carolina Ebeid
Board Member

Carolina Ebeid

Juan Luis Guzmán
Co-Director

Juan Luis Guzmán is a poet, professor, actor, director, and community organizer who earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Fresno State. With fellowships from Macondo Writers Workshop and CantoMundo, his work has appeared in Huizache, PANK, Assaracus, and The Rumpus, among other journals, as well as the Letras Latinas Blog and Poet’s Quarterly, and has been three-times nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He is the Vice Chairman of the Selma Arts Council and served as executive director of LitHop, Fresno’s literary festival, from 2017-2019. He is the current Co-Director for CantoMundo and teaches English at Fresno City College.

Liliana Valenzuela
Board Member

Liliana Valenzuela is the author of Codex of Love: Bendita Ternura (FlowerSong Books, 2020), and Codex of Journeys: Bendito Camino (Mouthfeel Press, 2013). A writer, poet, translator, journalist, and editor, her poetry has appeared in Edinburgh Review, Indiana Review, Tigertail, Huizache, Borderlands, Drunken Boat, and other publications. An acclaimed translator of U.S. Latinx writers such as Sandra Cisneros, Julia Alvarez, Denise Chávez, Dagoberto Gilb, Cristina García, and many others, Valenzuela is the former editor of ¡Ahora Sí!, the Spanish weekly of the Austin American-Statesman. An inaugural CantoMundo fellow and a long-time Macondo Writers Workshop member, Valenzuela streams podcasts at https://www.hablemosescritoras.com/A native of Mexico City, she holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in Anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin.

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Carmen Giménez Smith, Co-Director