R240. 10 Years of CantoMundo: Founders, Faculty, and Fellows

Lila Cockrell Theatre, Henry B. González Convention Center, Street Level
Thursday, March 5, 2020
1:45 pm to 3:00 pm


Join CantoMundo for a discussion on contemporary Latinx letters, the history of CantoMundo, and what’s ahead for us. Each poet will also do a short reading.


Moderator: Dr. Celeste Guzmán Mendoza is the author of Beneath the Halo (Wings Press, 2013), and the chapbook, Cande te estoy llamando (Wings Press, 1999). Her work has appeared in Entre Guadalupe and Malinche: Tejanas in Literature and Art (University of Texas Press: 2016) and ¡Floricanto Sí!: U.S. Latina Poetry (Penguin:1998), among others. She is a co-founder of CantoMundo, a literary community of Latinx poets, and co-directed the organization with Dr. Deborah Paredez for ten years. She also is a Macondista and Hedgebrook resident. She holds a PhD from the Program of Higher Education Leadership and Policy from the University of Texas at Austin, an MFA in Poetry from Bennington College, and a BA in English Literature and Theatre from Barnard College.

Deborah Paredez is the author of the poetry volumes, This Side of Skin and Year of the Dog, and the critical study, Selenidad: Selena, Latinos, and the Performance of Memory. She is an associate professor at Columbia University and cofounder of CantoMundo, a national organization for Latinx poets.

Rigoberto González is the author of fifteen books. He is the recipient of Guggenheim, NEA, and USA Rolón fellowships; an NYFA grant in poetry; the Shelley Memorial Award; the Poetry Center Book Award; the Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award; and the 2015 Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Publishing Triangle.

Malcolm Friend is a poet and author of the collection Our Bruises Kept Singing Purple. He received his BA from Vanderbilt University and his MFA from the University of Pittsburgh. He has received fellowships from organizations including CantoMundo and the Center for African American Poetry & Poetics.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center