F125. CantoMundo Fellows and Faculty Share their Stories of Teaching Latina/o Poetry

Room LL4, Western New England MFA Annex, Lower Level
Friday, February 28, 2014
9:00 am to 10:15 am


Teaching Latina/o Poetry in the 21st-century demands specific strategies. The creative writing classroom is a space for innovation, discovery, and pertinent discussions on social change. Presenters will examine aspects of teaching writing and reading at the college level with a specific focus on Latina/o poetry and will include presentations on the interplay of pedagogical strategies and genres of Latina/opoetics as well as unique uses of traditional methods, and technology and social media.



Norma E. Cantú currently serves as professor of U.S. Latino/Latina Studies at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. Author of the award-winning novel, Canícula: Snapshots of a Girlhood en la Frontera, she is cofounder of CantoMundo and a member of the Macondo Writers Workshop.

Valerie Martínez is a poet, educator, and collaborative artist. Her six books of poetry include Absence, Luminescent, World to World, and Each and Her (winner of the Arizona Book Award, nominated for the Pulitzer Prize). She was the Poet Laureate for the City of Santa Fe for 2008-2010.

Barbara Brinson Curiel is professor of English and Critical Race, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Humboldt State University. Her forthcoming collection Mexican Jenny and Other Poems was selected for the 2012 Philip Levine Poetry Prize. She is a fellow of CantoMundo.

Ruben Quesada, author of Next Extinct Mammal (2011) and Luis Cernuda: Exiled from the Throne of Night (2008), is poetry editor of Codex Journal, Stories & Queer, and The Cossack Review. He teaches literature and writing at Eastern Illinois University.


Diana Marie Delgado, poet and playwright, is graduate of the poetry programs at the University of California, Riverside and Columbia University. She has served as Poet in Residence of Northern New Mexico College and she was awarded the 2005 James D. Phelan Award in Poetry.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center