Deborah Paredez

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Deborah Paredez
Born 1970
San Antonio, Texas
Alma mater BA, Trinity University;
PhD, Northwestern University
Genre Poetry, Essays

Deborah Paredez (born December 19, 1970) is an American poet, scholar, and Associate Professor of English at the University of Texas at Austin.[1] She is the author of the poetry collection, This Side of Skin, and the critical study, Selenidad: Selena, Latinos, and the Performance of Memory. She is also the co-founder of CantoMundo, a national organization that supports Latino poets and poetry.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Paredez was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas.[3] She lived in Seattle, Chicago, Oaxaca City, and New York City before moving back to Texas in 2003.[4] She currently lives in Paris, France where she is a Visiting Professor at the Sorbonne Nouvelle (Paris III).

Professional Life[edit]

Paredez earned a BA in English Literature from Trinity University in 1993 and a PhD in Interdisciplinary Theatre and Dance from Northwestern University in 2002. She taught at Vassar College from 2000-2003. Along with Norma Elia Cantú, Pablo Martinez, Celeste Mendoza, and Carmen Tafolla, Paredez co-founded CantoMundo in 2009.[5] She writes essays about American performance, Latino culture, and divas. Her poetry is influenced by contemporary American poets including Natasha Trethewey, Sharon Olds, and A.E. Stallings.[6]

Published Work[edit]

Her poetry collection, This Side of Skin, was published by Wings Press in 2002. Her scholarly book, Selenidad: Selena, Latinos, and the Performance of Memory, was published by Duke University Press in 2009 and was the recipient of the National Association of Chicana/o Studies Book Award-Honorable Mention and the Latino Studies Book Award-Honorable Mention.[7]

Her essays and poems have appeared in Poetry magazine, The New York Times, Los Angeles Review of Books, Poet Lore, Crab Orchard Review, Callaloo, and Theatre Journal. [8] Her work has also been anthologized in The Gulf Stream: Poems of the Gulf Coast (Snake Nation Press 2014), Beyond El Barrio: Everyday Life in Latina/o America (NYU Press 2010), Women and Migration in the US-Mexico Borderlands (Duke University Press 2007), The Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry (University of Arizona University Press 2007), Floricanto Sí! A Collection of Latina Poetry (Penguin 1998), and Daughters of the Fifth Sun: A Collection of Latina Fiction and Poetry (Riverhead 1995).[9]


  1. ^ [1], UT English Department Faculty Website.
  2. ^ [2], CantoMundo Official Website.
  3. ^ [3], Interview with Paredez by the Austin Poets Directory. Retrieved June 6, 2012.
  4. ^ [4], Chicanopedia Article. Retrieved June 6, 2012.
  5. ^ [5], Come Together: Latino Poets Building a Community at CantoMundo.
  6. ^ [6], Austin Poets Directory.
  7. ^ [7], Paredez Discusses Selenidad.
  8. ^ [8], Poetry Foundation Bio.
  9. ^ [9], Chicanopedia article.

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