Deborah Paredez

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Deborah Paredez is the author of the poetry collection, This Side of Skin (Wings Press 2002), and the critical study, Selenidad: Selena, Latinos, and the Performance of Memory (Duke 2009), winner of the 2011 Chicana/o Studies Association Book Award Honorable Mention and the 2010 Latin American Studies Association Latino Studies Book Award Honorable Mention. Her poetry and essays have appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Review of Books, Poetry, Callaloo, Latino Studies Journal, and elsewhere. She is the co-founder and director of CantoMundo, a national organization dedicated to Latina/o poets and poetry. She lives in New York City where she teaches poetry and ethnic studies at Columbia University.

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Deborah Paredez “Part of Selena’s legacy is for those who didn’t find themselves in official stories,” Paredez says, “or in those official venues. They continued to create their own memorial through their own relationship to her, and those are the places that are, for me, the most interesting to explore." - Dr. Paredez

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Deborah Paredez I was interviewed about the poetry foundation I co-founded, CantoMundo, by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Art Works Blog:

Deborah Paredez Abundant thanks to Sheila Maldonado for hosting
The Broadside Reading Series at the Center for Book Arts
where I'll be reading my poetry along with Janice Lowe this
Friday, 28 April at 6:30pm.

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Deborah Paredez The Texas Standard discussed what Selena represents and embodies for the LGBTQ community. Dr. Paredez weighed in, listen to the full interview here:

Deborah Paredez “One of the things I’ve appreciated most about moving back to New York City is the regular proximity to strangers and the attendant set of relations and responsibilities it requires of us especially during such desperate times. I had the good fortune of reading some of Ross Gay’s poetry while working on this poem, and I found his exquisitely unbounded syntax to be an inspiring model for capturing our connectedness and accountability to one another.
—Deborah Paredez

Deborah Paredez This week marks the 20th Anniversary of the release of the biopic, Selena. NPR interviewed Dr. Paredez on why this film is an inspirational movie, and still holds sway within the Latina community. Listen to the entire interview here:

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