Professor Deborah Paredez Nominated for 2019 Pushcart Prize

Zoe Contros Kearl
January 31, 2019
Headshot of Deborah Paredez

Associate Professor, Deborah Paredez was nominated for a Pushcart Prize for her poem “A Rock and a Hard Place” which appears in the current issue of Poet Lore.

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 TimesLos Angeles Review of BooksPoetryFeminist StudiesLatino Studies JournalTDR: 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).