Deborah Paredez is a poet and scholar. She 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, Latino Studies Journal, Callaloo, and elsewhere. She is the co-founder and co-director of CantoMundo, a national organization dedicated to Latina/o poets and poetry. Professor Paredez received her Ph.D. from Northwestern University.