The CantoMundo retreat is an opportunity to build community among other Latinx poets and work on poetic craft. Fellows are divided into two groups of 12-15 poets. Both groups participate in a three-hour generative workshop, and all poets get to work with both faculty members. In addition to the generative workshop, fellows will attend a keynote lecture and participate in panel discussions. Finally, all fellows will present their poetry during public readings on the Friday and Saturday evenings of the retreat.
Admission to CantoMundo is granted through a competitive process. The pool of applicants changes each year, so if you are not admitted the first time you apply, we encourage you to resubmit in subsequent years. Applications are reviewed by the Organizing Committee of CantoMundo.
The 2020-2022 retreats will be held at the University of Arizona Poetry Center in Tucson, Arizona as part of our ongoing partnership.
Retreat Instructors & Keynote Speakers
2010: Martín Espada and Demetria Martínez. Keynote by Toi Derricotte.
2011: Naomi Ayala and Benjamin Alire Sáenz. Keynote by Vikas Menon.
2012: Aracelis Girmay & Roberto Tejada. Keynote by E. Ethelbert Miller.
2013: Valerie Martinez & Willie Perdomo. Keynote by Natalie Handal.
2014: Rafael Campo & Lorna Dee Cervantes. Keynote by Sherwin Bitsui.
2015: Sandra María Esteves. Keynote by Tim'm West.
2016: Juan Felipe Herrera & Carmen Tafolla. Keynote by Natasha Trethewey.
2017: Rosa Alcalá & Rigoberto González.
2018: Daniel Borzutzky & Ada Limón. Keynote by Douglas Kearney.
2019: Monica De La Torre & Natalie Diaz. Keynote by Patricia Smith.
2020 (now 2021): Brenda Cárdenas & Urayoan Noel.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
***Submissions are currently closed.***
When gathering for workshops, do CantoMundo faculty and fellows critique each fellows' poetry?
No, poetry is not critiqued at the CantoMundo retreat workshops. Accepted fellows participate in two workshops, one with each faculty member. Also, the workshops are generative.
Does applying to CantoMundo guarantee admission?
Admission to CantoMundo is granted through a competitive process. The pool of applicants changes each year so if you are not admitted the first time you apply, we encourage you to resubmit in subsequent years.
Who reviews the applications for admittance to CantoMundo?
For my application to CantoMundo, what type of poetry should I submit?
We recommend sending your best work.
How much does it cost to participate in CantoMundo?
When you are accepted to CantoMundo, you must cover your travel to Tucson, Arizona, housing, and meals during the four-day retreat.