CantoMundo Poetry Series

CantoMundo Poetry Series

 

Every year the University of Arkansas Press together with CantoMundo accepts submissions for the CantoMundo Poetry Series and awards the $1,000 CantoMundo Poetry Prize to a book of poetry by a Latina/o writer. Since its founding in 2009, CantoMundo has cultivated and supported a community of Latina/o poets and the poetry they create, and the University of Arkansas Press has long been committed to publishing diverse kinds of poetry by a diversity of poets. The series editors are Deborah Paredez and Celeste Gúzman Mendoza, cofounders and codirectors of CantoMundo.

About CantoMundo

Founded in 2009 by a cross-generational collective of Latina/o poets—Norma E. Cantú, Celeste Guzman Mendoza, Pablo Miguel Martínez, Deborah Paredez, and Carmen Tafolla—CantoMundo provides a space for the creation, documentation, and critical analysis of Latina/o poetry. It fulfills its mission to nurture and preserve the aesthetically, culturally, and linguistically diverse work of Latina/o poets by administering an annual writing retreat and workshop every July for Latina/o poets who have applied and have been selected as fellows, sponsoring public readings throughout the year that feature and facilitate regional communities of Latina/o poets, building an archival collection of contemporary Latina/o poetry in collaboration with the Benson Latin American Collection at the University of Texas-Austin, and organizing community outreach workshops that pair CantoMundo poets with local Latina/o writers. In 2015 it partnered with the University of Arkansas Press to add a publication prize to its activities.

About the Series

Latina/o poets remain underrepresented in both US poetry and Latin American poetry despite their longstanding presence and influence within both of these literary traditions. The CantoMundo Poetry Series endeavors to expand this representational space by showcasing work by contemporary US-based Latina/o poets from across the linguistic, aesthetic, stylistic, and cultural spectrum in which they write. The series is open to all US-based Latina/o writers—not just those who have been or are currently CantoMundo Fellows—regardless of citizenship status or previous publication record. The series values the traditions and communities from which contemporary Latina/o poets emerge while also encouraging an engagement with innovative Latina/o aesthetics and poetics.

About the Prize

The series editors will serve as the judges for the CantoMundo Poetry Prize. Together they will select a winning manuscript and write a preface for the book. On occasion, the series editors may invite a distinguished Latina/o poet to judge the award. During an award year in which a guest poet serves as final judge, the series editors will serve as preliminary screeners and will determine the finalist manuscripts from which the guest judge will select the winner. The University of Arkansas Press, which will publish the book, provides that the author’s work will be produced with all the dedication and expertise they have to offer. This includes professional copyediting by expert poetry editors, design and production by veteran designers who specialize in the typesetting of verse, and production managed by a house with a history of printing first-rate books. Additionally, CantoMundo will award the author a $1,000 prize and widely publicize the winning book. We believe this offers the poet the best possible opportunity to connect with his or her audience via the printed word.

2018 Guest Judge: Rafael Campo

Rafael Campo teaches and practices internal medicine at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. He is also on the faculty of Lesley University’s Creative Writing MFA Program. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship, a National Poetry Series award, and a Lambda Literary Award for his poetry. His third collection of poetry, Diva (Duke University Press, 2000), was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and The Enemy (DUP, 2007) won the Sheila Motton Book Award from the New England Poetry Club, one of the nation’s oldest poetry organizations. In 2009 he received the Nicholas E. Davies Memorial Scholar Award from the American College of Physicians for outstanding humanism in medicine; he has also won the Hippocrates Open International Prize, one of the highest value awards for a single poem in the world, for original verse that addresses a medical theme. His work has appeared in many periodicals including American Poetry Review, The Hudson Review, The Nation, The New Republic, The New York Times Magazine, POEM (UK), Poetry, The Poetry Review (UK), Salon.com, Slate.com, Threepenny Review, The Yale Review and elsewhere.  His newest book Alternative Medicine (DUP, 2013) has been the subject of stories on the PBS NewsHour and the CBC’s Sunday Edition radio show. Comfort Measures Only: New and Selected Poems will be published in the US later this year.

About CantoMundo

Founded in 2009 by a cross-generational collective of Latina/o poets—Norma E. Cantú, Celeste Guzman Mendoza, Pablo Miguel Martínez, Deborah Paredez, and Carmen Tafolla—CantoMundo provides a space for the creation, documentation, and critical analysis of Latina/o poetry. It fulfills its mission to nurture and preserve the aesthetically, culturally, and linguistically diverse work of Latina/o poets by administering an annual writing retreat and workshop every July for Latina/o poets who have applied and have been selected as fellows, sponsoring public readings throughout the year that feature and facilitate regional communities of Latina/o poets, building an archival collection of contemporary Latina/o poetry in collaboration with the Benson Latin American Collection at the University of Texas-Austin, and organizing community outreach workshops that pair CantoMundo poets with local Latina/o writers. In 2015 it partnered with the University of Arkansas Press to add a publication prize to its activities.

About the Editors

Deborah Paredez (PhD, Northwestern University) is the author of the poetry collection This Side of Skin and the critical study Selenidad: Selena, Latinos, and the Performance of Memory. Her poetry and essays have appeared in the New York Times, Poetry, Latino Studies Journal, and elsewhere. She teaches creative writing and ethnic studies at Columbia University. She is the cofounder and codirector of CantoMundo.

Celeste Mendoza (MFA, Bennington College) is the author of the poetry collection Beneath the Halo. Her poetry and essays have appeared in Wise Latinas: Writers on Higher Education, Telling Tongues: A Latin@ Anthology on Language Experience, ¡Floricanto Sí!: U.S. Latina Poetry, and elsewhere.  She is the cofounder and codirector of CantoMundo.

 

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