Celeste Guzman Mendoza

Texas, United States

Member Since: 03/02/2012

Celeste Guzmán Mendoza, born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, writes poetry, plays, and essays. Her first full-length poetry manuscript, Beneath the Halo, was published by Wings Press in September 2013. Her second book, Coming in Waves, is forthcoming in 2015.



Guzmán Mendoza is co-director and a co-founder of CantoMundo, a workshop for Latina/o poets. She has participated in  the Macondo Writers Workshop and is a past resident of Hedgebrook, a retreat for women writers.


Her poetry and essays have been published in the following anthologies: Wise Latinas: Writers on Higher Education (University of Nebraska Press: 2014); Telling Tongues: A Latin@ Anthology on Language Experience (Calaca Press/Red Salmon Press:2007); Red Boots and Attitude: The Spirit of Texas Women Writers (Eakin Press: 2002); ¡Floricanto Sí!: U.S. Latina Poetry (Penguin:1998), This Promiscous Light (Wings Press: 1996). Her work has also appeared in literary journals and magazines, such as: Poet Lore; Borderlands, Salamander, 5 am, Rio Grande Valley Woman and San Antonio Current.


Guzmán Mendoza received her undergraduate degree from Barnard College, Columbia University, in Theatre and English Literature. She graduated from the Bennington Writers Seminars with a Master of Fine Arts in Poetry; she worked with poets Amy Gerstler, E. Ethelbert Miller, Timothy Liu, and Liam Rector . She is currently working on a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration at the University of Texas at Austin.


Guzmán Mendoza is married to Michael Mendoza; they live in Austin with their two cats and two fish.

Website: www.celesteguzmanmendoza.com


  • Bachelor of Arts in English and Theatre from Barnard College (June 1997)
  • Master of Fine Arts in Poetry from Bennington Writers Seminars (January 2007)
  • Certificate in Spanish from UNAM-San Antonio (June 2003)

Genres of Interest

Creative nonfiction, Playwriting, Poetry