Celeste Guzmán Mendoza & Ryan Sharp

Please join us for another edition of Writing on the Air. This week, we speak with Celeste Guzmán Mendoza, featured poet in the upcoming Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review & Ryan Sharp, editor of Borderlands.

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Guzmán Mendoza is co-director and a co-founder of CantoMundo, a workshop for Latina/o poets. She has participated in the Macondo Writers Workshop and is a past resident of Hedgebrook, a retreat for women writers.

Her poetry and essays have been published in the following anthologies: Wise Latinas: Writers on Higher Education (University of Nebraska Press: 2014); Telling Tongues: A Latin@ Anthology on Language Experience (Calaca Press/Red Salmon Press:2007); Red Boots and Attitude: The Spirit of Texas Women Writers (Eakin Press: 2002); ¡Floricanto Sí!: U.S. Latina Poetry (Penguin:1998), This Promiscous Light (Wings Press: 1996), among others. Her work has also appeared in literary journals and magazines, such as: Poet Lore; Borderlands, Salamander, 5 am, Rio Grande Valley Woman and San Antonio Current.

000_borderlands42_front coverGuzmán Mendoza received her undergraduate degree from Barnard College, Columbia University, in Theatre and English Literature. She graduated from the Bennington Writers Seminars with a Master of Fine Arts in Poetry; she worked with poets Amy Gerstler, E. Ethelbert Miller, Timothy Liu, and Liam Rector . She is currently working on a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration at the University of Texas at Austin. Guzmán Mendoza is married to Michael Mendoza; they live in Austin with their two cats and four fish.

Ryan Sharp holds an MFA in Writing from Pacific University. His poetry and reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in several journals including Callaloo, DIALOGIST, Silk Road, Rio Grande Review, and PANK. He lives in Austin, TX, where he serves as the managing editor for Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review.