Norma Elia Cantú
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|Norma Elia Cantú|
Cantú at the 2016 Texas Film Festival
Norma Elia Cantú Becerra|
January 3, 1947
Texas A&M International University|
Texas A&M University–Kingsville
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Early life and education
Cantú received her A.A. degree from Laredo Community College in 1970. She received her bachelor of science degree in English and political science from Texas A&I University at Laredo, now Texas A&M International University in Laredo, from which she graduated summa cum laude in 1973. She received her master of science degree in English with a minor in political science from Texas A&I University‑Kingsville in 1976 and her Ph.D. in English from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1982.
She has been on the faculty of the University of Texas at San Antonio and the University of Missouri-Kansas City. In 2016, she was named Murchison Professor in the Humanities at Trinity University.
Awards and recognition
- 2002: Elli Köngäs Maranda Prize from the Women’s Section of the American Folklore Society, for Chicana Traditions: Change and Continuity (co-editor and contributor)
- 2002: American Educational Studies Association Critics' Choice Award, Race in the College Classroom (contributor)
- 2003: Américo Paredes Prize, American Folklore Society
- 2003: Distinguished Scholar Award from the Division on Chicana and Chicano Literature of the Modern Languages Association
- 2008: National Association of Chicana and Chicano Studies Scholar of the Year
- 2008: Cátedra Laboris from the Universidad de Monterrey, Monterrey, Nuevo León
- 2010: Exceptional Texas Woman, by the Veteran Feminists of America, Texas, March 19, Dallas, Texas
- 2010: UTSA Globalization Award, April
- 2010: Elvira Cordero de Cisneros Macondo Foundation Award
- 2011: Fellow of the American Folklore Society
- 2012: Beca Nebrija de Creación Literaria, Instituto Franklin, Universidad de Alcalá de Henares; Inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters
- 2013: Yellow Rose of Texas Education Award; HOPE Cultural Arts Award; the Letras de Aztlán from NACCS Tejas Foco
- 2014: Elected to the board of the American Folklore Society
- 2015: Outstanding Latina of Kansas City (Women’s History Month), DosMundos Newspaper
- 2016: Escuela Tlatelolco’s Champion of Change Award for Art, Literature, & Culture, Denver, Colorado
- Forthcoming.[needs update] Cabañuelas: A Love Story. University of New Mexico Press.
- Meditación Fronteriza: Poems of Life, Love and Work, under review, University of Arizona Press
- 2016. Co-editor with Inés Hernández Ávila, Entre Malinche y Guadalupe: Tejanas in Literature and Art. 2016.
- 2016. Entre Malinche y Guadalupe: Tejanas in Literature and Art. Co-edited with Inés Hernández Ávila, University of Texas Press
Co-editor with Rita Urquíjo Ruiz, The Plays of Silviana Wood. University of Arizona Press
- 2015. Translator: Borderlands/La Frontera. Universidad Autónoma de Mexico
- Canícula: Snapshots of a Girlhood en la Frontera—Updated 20th Anniversary Edition, University of New Mexico Press
- 2014. Diálogo Special Issue: Poetry, co-edited with Juana Goergen
- 2013. "Los Tecolotes," in ¡Arriba Baseball! A Collection of Latino/a Baseball Fiction. VAO Publishing.
- 2012. Moctezuma’s Table: Rolando Briseño’s Mexicano and Chicano Tablescapes, Texas A&M University Press
- 2011. Paths to Discovery: Autobiographies of Chicanas with Careers in Mathematics, Science and Engineering. UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center Press
- 2010. El Mundo Zurdo: Selected Works from the Meetings of the Society for the Study of Gloria Anzaldúa 2007 & 2009, Co-Editor. (Aunt Lute Books)
- 2010. Inside the Latin@ Experience: A Latino Studies Reader, co-edited with Maria Franquiz (Palgrave/McMillan)
- 2009. Dancing Across Borders: Danzas y Bailes Mexicanos. Co-edited with Olga Nájera-Ramírez and Brenda Romero. University of Illinois Press.
Prietas y Güeras: Proceedings of the First Conference on the Life and Work of Gloria Anzaldúa. Co-editor. San Antonio, TX: Adelante Project. I embroider borders…. Poetry book, limited edition. Southwest School of Arts and Crafts.
- 2006. Editor. Flor y Ciencia: Chicanas in Mathematics, Science and Engineering. AAAS Adelante Project.
- 2001. Co-editor with Olga Najera Ramírez. Changing Chicana Traditions, University of Illinois Press.
- Telling to Live: Latina Feminist Testimonios. Co-editor with the Latina feminist Group. Individual pieces included: "Getting there cuando no hay camino," "A Working Class Brujas Fears," and two poems: "Migraine" and "Reading the Body." Duke University Press.
- 2000.Santuarios: Program Essay. The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center Rockefeller Gateways Program Performance.
- 2000."Realidad Fronteriza" in Cariatides.
- 2000."Police Blotter," Colorado Review.
- 1999.Canícula: Imágenes de una niñez fronteriza. Houghton Mifflin Co.
- 1999. "Diamond," A Quien Corresponda, Revista Literaria, Cd. Victoria, Tamps.
- 1998."Tino" and "Perpetuo Socorro," in Aztlán in Viet Nam, University of California Press.
- "Capirotada" in Stirring Prose, Texas A&M Press. 1998.
- 1998."Adios en Madrid," Proyecto Scheherazade, electronic journal.
- 1998."El luto," in Ventana Abierta.
- 1998."Decolonizing the Mind" and "Trojan Horse" in Floricanto Sí: U.S. Latina Poetry. New York: Penguin.
- 1997. Canícula: Snapshots of a Girlhood en la frontera. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, paperback edition.
- 1997."Bailando y Cantando," short story, "Las diosas," "Decolonizing the Mind," and "Fiestas de diciembre," poems in Blue Mesa Review, number 9, University of New Mexico.
- 1996."Letters Home/Letters from Home," sporadic column of poetry and prose in the monthly LareDOS.
- 1995."Tino" and "Papi," in In Short. Judith Kitchen and Mary Paumier Jones, eds. New York: Norton.
- 1995Canícula: Snapshots of a Girlhood en la frontera. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press. Winner, Premio Aztlán Literary Prize.
- 1994."Nebraska Family: A Tryptich," Nebraska Humanist.
- Chapters 42-44 from Canícula and "Action, Thought, Spirit"(poem) in Prairie Schooner.1992 *"Snapshots of a Girlhood en la frontera," in The Texas Humanist.
- "Se me enchina el cuerpo al oir tu cuento", short story. New Chicano/a Literature, University of Arizona Press.
- 1983."Unemployed", poem, Huehuetitlan.
- 1983."Untitled", poem, Huehuetitlan.
- 2015 Letters to the Poet from his Brother, in Aztlán
- 2010 There Was a Woman, in Journal of Folklore Research
- 2005 Homegirls in the Public Sphere in National Women’s Studies Journal
- 1995 "Fiesta, fe, y cultura," in American Folklore Society Journal.
- 1995 "Carry Me Like Water" in The Washington Post, Book World.
- 1995 "My History Not Yours: The Formation of Mexican American Autobiography," in Western Historical Quarterly.
- 1993 "No Short Journeys: The Interplay of Culture in the History and Literature of the Borderlands," in Western Historical Quarterly.
- 1992 "Footlights Across the Border: A History of Spanish Language Professional Theater on the Texas Stage," Journal of Popular Culture.
- 1991 "Mixed Blessings," in Texas Humanist, Spring.
- 1984 "Woman of Her Word," in La Red/The Net.
- 1984 "Cuentos: Stories by Latinas," in La Red/The Net.
- 1979 "Chicano Voices," in English in Texas.
- 1978 "Selina," in Prairie Schooner.
- 1978 "César Chávez: Autobiography of La Causa," in Prairie Schooner.
- Art at Our Doorstep: San Antonio Writers and Artists featuring Norma Elia Cantú. Edited by Nan Cuba and Riley Robinson (Trinity University Press, 2008).
- "Trinity University names prominent Latina scholar to professorship | Trinity University". new.trinity.edu. May 3, 2016. Retrieved January 6, 2017.
- Homepage at UTSA