Professor Deborah Paredez Nominated for 2019 Pushcart Prize
BY Zoe Contros Kearl, January 31, 2019
The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses series, published every year since 1976, is an honored literary project in America. The prize and resulting collected anthology highlights the poetry and prose being put out by indie publishers each year. The Pushcart Prize welcomes up to six nominations, either in print or online, from little magazine and small book press editors throughout the world. Since 1976, hundreds of presses and thousands of writers of short stories, poetry and essays have been represented in annual collections.
Paredez 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, Los Angeles Review of Books, Poetry, Feminist Studies, Latino Studies Journal, TDR: The Drama Review, and elsewhere. She serves on the editorial board of The Journal of Popular Music Studies. She is co-founder and co-director of CantoMundo, a national organization for Latina/o poets. At Columbia, she teaches courses on American poetry and performance, race, gender, and sexuality in the Writing Program and in the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race (CSER).