Deborah Paredez

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Deborah Paredez
Born 1970
San Antonio, Texas
Occupation Professor, poet
Language English, Spanish
Nationality American
Ethnicity Latina, Mexican-American, Tejana
Citizenship American
Alma mater BA, Trinity University;
PhD, Northwestern University
Genre Poetry, Essays

Deborah Paredez (born December 19, 1970) is an American poet, scholar, and cultural critic. 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 Co-Founder and Co-Director of CantoMundo, a national organization that supports Latino poets and poetry.[1] She lives in New York City where she is a professor of creative writing and ethnic studies at Columbia University.

Personal life[edit]

Paredez was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas.[2] She has lived and worked in Seattle, Chicago, Crested Butte, Oaxaca City, Austin, Paris, and New York City.[3]

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 has taught at Vassar College(2000-2003), University of Texas at Austin (2003-2016), and Université Sorbonne Nouvelle (2014). Along with Norma Elia Cantú, Pablo Martinez, Celeste Mendoza, and Carmen Tafolla, Paredez co-founded CantoMundo in 2009.[4] She writes essays about American performance, Latina/o culture, and divas. Her poetry is influenced by contemporary American poets including Natasha Trethewey, Sharon Olds, and A.E. Stallings.[5]

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.[6]

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. [7] 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).[8]


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

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