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Deborah Paredez (Ph.D)
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DATE: 6/6/2011 6:42 pm      ARTICLE: 20
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Deborah Paredez is a poet and scholar who was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas and lived in Seattle, Chicago, Oaxaca City, and New York City before returning to Texas. She received her PhD in Theatre at Northwestern University. She lives in Austin where she teaches at the university of Texas in the Department of English with affiliations in the Department of African Diaspora Studies, the Center for Mexican American Studies, and the Center for Women's and Gender Studies. She is the author of Selenidad: Selena, Latinos, and the Performance of Memory (Duke University Press 2009), winner of the 2010 LASA Latino Studies Book Award Honorable Mention and the 2011 National Association of Chicana/o Studies Book Award Honorable Mention.

Her scholarly articles include: "Remembering Selena, Re-membering Latinidad," (Theatre Journal 2002), "Becoming Selena, Becoming Latina" (Women and Migration in the US-Mexico Borderlands, Duke University Press 2007), and "All About My (Absent) Mother: Latina Aspirations in Real Women Have Curves and Ugly Betty" (Beyond El Barrio: Everyday Life in Latina/o America (NYU Press 2010). Her recent research explores the work of Black and Latina divas. She is the recipient of a 2008-09 AAUW Postdoctoral Fellowship.

She is also the author of the poetry collection, This Side of Skin (Wings Press, 2002).édez/ She is a recipient of a 2003 Alfredo Cisneros del Moral Foundation Writing Award founded by Sandra Cisneros. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Daughters of the Fifth Sun: A Collection of U.S. Latina Fiction and Poetry (Putnam, 1995), This Promiscuous Light (Wings Press, 1996), Floricanto Sí! A Collection of Latina Poetry (Penguin, 1998), and The Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry (University of Arizona Press, 2007) and Mandorla: Writing from the Americas (2011). She is currently at work on her second poetry volume, After the Light. In 2009, Deborah co-founded CantoMundo, a national organization dedicated to fostering Latina/o poets and poetry (

Deborah has also held a number of administrative posts at the University of Texas including the Director of Arts and Community Engagement (2007-2010), Associate Director of the Center for Mexican American Studies (2009-2010), and the Interim Director of the Center for Mexican American Studies (2011-2012).

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