S190. El Canto in CantoMundo: The Role of Song, Oral Traditions, and Music in Latina/o Poetry

Room 15, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Saturday, March 10, 2018
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


Fellows of CantoMundo, a national community of Latina/o poets, will present from their books and performance pieces, and discuss how they infuse the rhythms of contemporary music, the meter of oral traditions, and the enjambment of free verse to create the vibrant cadence and voice that permeates their poetry.


Celeste Guzman Mendoza is codirector and cofounder of CantoMundo. Her poetry and essays have been published in various anthologies and journals. Her first collection of poetry is Beneath the Halo. She is a PhD student in the Program for Higher Education Leadership at UT Austin.

Jennif(f)er Tamayo is a poet, essayist, and performer. Her books include [Red Missed Aches], Poems are the Only Real Bodies, DORA/ANA/GUATAVIT@, and YOU DA ONE. www.jennifertamayo.com

Elizabeth Acevedo is a National Poetry Slam Champion. She has two collections of poetry, Beastgirl & Other Origin Myths and winner of the Berkshire Prize, Medusa Reads La Negra’s Palm. The Poet X will be her debut novel.

Roberto F. Santiago is author of Angel Park. He is a CantoMundo Fellow, recipient of the Alfred C. Carey Poetry Prize, and assistant editor for Indolent Books. Roberto received his MFA from Rutgers University, BA from Sarah Lawrence College, and he is an MSW candidate at UC Berkeley.

Jasminne Mendez is an award-winning author, performance poet, and educator. She received her BA in English Literature and her MEd in curriculum and instruction from the University of Houston. She is currently an MFA candidate in the creative writing program at the Rainier Writer's Workshop at PLU.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside