San Antonio, Texas
|Alma mater||BA, Trinity University;
PhD, Northwestern University
Deborah Paredez (born December 19, 1970) is an American poet, scholar, and Associate Professor of English at the University of Texas at Austin. 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.
Paredez was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. She lived in Seattle, Chicago, Oaxaca City, and New York City before moving back to Texas in 2003. She currently lives in Paris, France where she is a Visiting Professor at the Sorbonne Nouvelle (Paris III).
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. 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.
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.
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.  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).
- , UT English Department Faculty Website.
- , CantoMundo Official Website.
- , Interview with Paredez by the Austin Poets Directory. Retrieved June 6, 2012.
- , Chicanopedia Article. Retrieved June 6, 2012.
- , Come Together: Latino Poets Building a Community at CantoMundo.
- , Austin Poets Directory.
- , Paredez Discusses Selenidad.
- , Poetry Foundation Bio.
- , Chicanopedia article.