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
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What is Microblading / Feather Touch Brows?
Microblading is a manual form of Cosmetic Tattooing, Feather Touch or Feathering is the technique. This is achieved by implementing high quality pigments into the epidermis to create what looks like fine, delicate strokes of hair.
What does the treatment involve?
The treatment consists of a full consultation, where the Brow Speciliast will educate the client on the procedure, followed by 45 minutes working on the clients 'pre draw' to determine the best brow shape suited to each individuals face. Once the Brow Specialist has the approval from the client, the tattooing will commence.
How long does the treatment take?
Initial procedures will take up to 2.5 hours, follow up procedures will take 1.5 hours and annual procedures will take 2 hours.
Does it hurt?
Everyones pain tollerance is different, however this treatment should not be excruciating. It is very bareable. Factors such as being hormonal or stressed can increase our sensitivity levels.
How many treatments are required?
This is a two part process and a follow up procedure is required 6-8 weeks later in order to achieve the best results. The follow up procedure is included in the total cost.
Is numbing cream applied?
Numbing cream will be applied to the skin AFTER the first pass has been completed and the skin has been broken. From here, the rest of the treatment will be 100% pain free.
What happens if I don't have my follow up procedure?
If the client does not have their follow up procedure within MAXIMUM 10 weeks after their initial procedure, they are required to pay an additional cost of $100 for their follow up. This will take us longer to do as the pigment has already started to fade before it was completed.
What pigments are used?
Will my brows turn pink or blue over time?
Not our brows!
Brows turn pink due to the technician going too deep within the skin and using pigments that contacin Iron Oxide. Our pigments contain no metals.
Why can't I have vitamin suppliments, drugs, alcohol, fish oil or asprin 5 days prior to my treatment?
These will thin the blood and cause bleeding during the treatment. If there is bleeding the pigment will not hold and will also make it difficult for the technician to perform.
Why can't I have coffee, green tea, pre work out or painkillers 24 hours prior to my treatment?
These are classed as stimulants and will cause bleeding during the treatment. If there is bleeding, this will affect the pigment retention and also make it difficult for the technician to perfom as well.
Why must I be so vigilant with my preparation and aftercare criteria?
If you do not follow the provided instructions properly the pigment will not hold as well as it should and you could also be at risk of possible infection. We do everything to Maintain Infection Control within the treatment room and provide these instructions to our clients to minimise any possible risk and for our clients to achieve the best results.
What happens if I have oily skin?
The Ombré technique is becoming very popular for its soft, powdery finish and ombré fade effect. This technique is best suitable for all skin types, especially those with oily skin and is also less invasive on the skin compared to the microblading.
Why can't I get my brows wet or sweat on my face for 2 weeks after each procedure?
We are creating a wound and water is contaminated! Water will also dry out the brows and create more scabbing which will affect the pigment retention. Sweating on the face will trap bacteria and also push the pigment out.
Can I still workout during the 2 weeks of healing?
It is highly recommended that you avoid all exercise for at least the first 7 days, from here you can you stick to less strenuous exercise until all the peeling and flaking has finished around 14 days.
How is the colour of the pigment chosen?
The colour of the pigment is determined according to the skin fitzpatrick scale. The brow speciliast will asses your hair colour, eye colour and skin tone and the colour will blend beautifuly with your natural brows.
What do I do if I have had my eyebrows tattooed previously by someone else?
What is Ombré Brows?
Ombré also known as Mist Brows or Shading is a form of Cosmetic Tattooing resulting in more of a soft powdery finish. The front of the brow is soft and light with more density of pigment added along the bottom of the brow, arch and tails to create more definition.
What is Combination Brows?
How long will it last?
Cosmetic Tattoo Treatments will last anywhere between 6-18 months and maintenance touch ups will vary depending on the clients skin, lifestyle and the type of technique that was chosen. Factors such as sun exposure, chemical peels, swimming in chlorinated water and certain skin types will make the brow tattoo fade quicker.
How do I prepare for my procedure?
- NO Vitamin Tablets, Fish Oil, Aspirin, Niacin, Painkillers or Vitamin E 4 days before
What will my brows look like after the procedure?
- Brows will appear 30 - 50% darker and wider initilly
Who can have Cosmetic Tattooing?
Cosmetic Tattoo Procedure Contraindications:
- Under the age of 18
A medical clearance is required if you have any of the following:
What to do after my procedure?
Do I need to pay a deposit?
All deposits are NON-REFUNDABLE.
How can I pay?
Is the Brow Lamination or Lash Lift Vegan?
These solutions contain small amounts of ethically sourced lanolin for added hydration classifying the product as NON-vegan.
Do you stock vegan products?
YES! Elleevate Mascara, Elleeplex Advanced Lash Aftercare Serum, Brow Soap Bundle and Evening Brow Serum.
Is Ultraceuticals Cruelty Free?
YES! Ultraceuticals is proudly certified cruelty free with the organisation Choose Cruelty Free. Look for the globally recognised stamp on Ultraceuticals products. (These products are NOT Vegan)