Thursday, October 6, 2011

CantoMundo 2012: call for applications

CantoMundo cultivates a community of Latina/o poets through workshops, symposia, and public readings. CantoMundo also provides a space for the creation, documentation, and critical analysis of Latina/o poetry.

CantoMundo 2010

The CantoMundo Master Poetry Workshop is a three-day retreat that develops, sustains, and supports a diverse community of Latina/o poets. Faculty are invited to each teach a three-hour craft workshop that covers a particular element of poetic craft that is of interest to the instructor. CantoMundo also includes guest lectures, readings, and book-signings that are open to the public.

CantoMundo 2011

 The founding committee of CantoMundo is proud to announce that Aracelis Girmay and Roberto Tejada will be the featured faculty for CantoMundo 2012, which will occur July 12-15, 2012, at the University of Texas at Austin, in Austin, Texas.

Aracelis Girmay

Roberto Tejada

Admission to CantoMundo is by competitive application. The deadline for applications to CantoMundo 2012 is Saturday, December 31, 2011. Guidelines are below.

Submission Guidelines for CantoMundo 2012 Master Poet Craft Workshops

Submit the following:

1. Cover letter (One page, single-spaced, 8½ x 11-sized paper, with 1-inch margins, 12-point Times New Roman font) - Include
     a. Contact Information
       i. Name
       ii. Address
       iii. Phone Number
       iv. Email
     b. Brief history of previous publications and/or public readings/performances
     c. Statement of commitment to CantoMundo vision
     d. What you would like to gain from the CantoMundo retreat

2. Sample of writing (Five pages maximum, single-spaced, 8½ x 11-sized paper, with 1-inch margins, 12-point Times New Roman font)

 Criteria for Craft Workshop Selection

The criteria are:
      1. a significant record of publishing in poetry (book-length manuscript, chapbook, major journals, etc.) and/or broad andaccomplished experience in the performance of original poetry. Self-published work is excluded.
      2. Self-identify as Latina/o

Formatting Directions for Applications

WordDocs only

Letter-sized paper (8½ x 11), with 1-inch margins
12-point font, Times New Roman

Email the application packet

Please email the application packet (Cover Letter and Writing Sample) as one WordDoc attachment with the heading "CANTOMUNDO 2012 APPLICATION" to:

Celeste Guzman Mendoza

 All applications must be received by midnight, CST, Saturday, December 31, 2011.

Only email applications will be accepted.


Poets who gain acceptance will be notified no later than March 5, 2012 (via phone or email).

If you have any questions, please write to Celeste Guzman Mendoza at:

This information is also available at under ADMISSION.

CantoMundo is committed to including a collective of diverse poetic voices and styles, as well as representation from all Latina/o backgrounds.

Each accepted poet is responsible for her/his own per diem, travel and hotel costs.

Upon acceptance CantoMundo will provide information on discounted hotel rooms.

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