Deborah Paredez received a PhD from Northwestern University. She is the author of the poetry collections Year of the Dog (BOA, 2020) and This Side of Skin (Wings Press, 2002). Also an interdisciplinary performance scholar, she authored the critical study, Selenidad: Selena, Latinos, and the Performance of Memory (Duke 2009). Paredez is a cofounder of CantoMundo, a national organization supporting Latinx poets and poetry. She teaches creative writing and ethnic studies at Columbia University and lives in New York City.