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Norma Elia Cantú

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Name  Norma Cantu
Role  Writer
Books  Canicula

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Education  Laredo Community College, Texas A&M International University, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

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Norma Elia Cantú (born January 3, 1947) is a Chicana postmodernist writer and the Murchison Professor in the Humanities at Trinity University.


Early life and education

She was born in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico, to Florentino Cantú Vargas and the former Virginia Ramón Becerra. She was reared in Laredo, Texas, the seat of Webb County, and attended public schools there.

Cantú received her A.A. degree from Laredo Community College in 1970. She received her bachelor of science degree in English and political science from Texas A&I University at Laredo, now Texas A&M International University in Laredo, from which she graduated summa cum laude in 1973. She received her master of science degree in English with a minor in political science from Texas A&I University‑Kingsville in 1976 and her Ph.D. in English from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1982.

She has been on the faculty of the University of Texas at San Antonio and the University of Missouri-Kansas City. In 2016, she was named Murchison Professor in the Humanities at Trinity University.

Awards and recognition

  • 2002: Elli Köngäs Maranda Prize from the Women’s Section of the American Folklore Society, for Chicana Traditions: Change and Continuity (co-editor and contributor)
  • 2002: American Educational Studies Association Critics' Choice Award, Race in the College Classroom (contributor)
  • 2003: Américo Paredes Prize, American Folklore Society
  • 2003: Distinguished Scholar Award from the Division on Chicana and Chicano Literature of the Modern Languages Association
  • 2008: National Association of Chicana and Chicano Studies Scholar of the Year
  • 2008: Cátedra Laboris from the Universidad de Monterrey, Monterrey, Nuevo León
  • 2010: Exceptional Texas Woman, by the Veteran Feminists of America, Texas, March 19, Dallas, Texas
  • 2010: UTSA Globalization Award, April
  • 2010: Elvira Cordero de Cisneros Macondo Foundation Award
  • 2011: Fellow of the American Folklore Society
  • 2012: Beca Nebrija de Creación Literaria, Instituto Franklin, Universidad de Alcalá de Henares; Inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters
  • 2013: Yellow Rose of Texas Education Award; HOPE Cultural Arts Award; the Letras de Aztlán from NACCS Tejas Foco
  • 2014: Elected to the board of the American Folklore Society
  • 2015: Outstanding Latina of Kansas City (Women’s History Month), DosMundos Newspaper
  • 2016: Escuela Tlatelolco’s Champion of Change Award for Art, Literature, & Culture, Denver, Colorado
  • Books

  • Forthcoming. Cabañuelas: A Love Story. University of New Mexico Press.
  • Meditación Fronteriza: Poems of Life, Love and Work, under review, University of Arizona Press
  • 2016. Co-editor with Inés Hernández Ávila, Entre Malinche y Guadalupe: Tejanas in Literature and Art. 2016.
  • 2016. Entre Malinche y Guadalupe: Tejanas in Literature and Art. Co-edited with Inés Hernández Ávila, University of Texas Press
  • Co-editor with Rita Urquíjo Ruiz, The Plays of Silviana Wood. University of Arizona Press

  • 2015. Translator: Borderlands/La Frontera. Universidad Autónoma de Mexico
  • Canícula: Snapshots of a Girlhood en la Frontera -- Updated 20th Anniversary Edition, University of New Mexico Press
  • 2014. Diálogo Special Issue: Poetry, co-edited with Juana Goergen
  • 2013. "Los Tecolotes," in ¡Arriba Baseball! A Collection of Latino/a Baseball Fiction. VAO Publishing.
  • 2012. Moctezuma’s Table: Rolando Briseño’s Mexicano and Chicano Tablescapes, Texas A&M University Press
  • 2011. Paths to Discovery: Autobiographies of Chicanas with Careers in Mathematics, Science and Engineering. UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center Press
  • 2010. El Mundo Zurdo: Selected Works from the Meetings of the Society for the Study of Gloria Anzaldúa 2007 & 2009, Co-Editor. (Aunt Lute Books)
  • 2010. Inside the [email protected] Experience: A Latino Studies Reader, co-edited with Maria Franquiz (Palgrave/McMillan)
  • 2009. Dancing Across Borders: Danzas y Bailes Mexicanos. Co-edited with Olga Nájera-Ramírez and Brenda Romero. University of Illinois Press.
  • Prietas y Güeras: Proceedings of the First Conference on the Life and Work of Gloria Anzaldúa. Co-editor. San Antonio, TX: Adelante Project. I embroider borders…. Poetry book, limited edition. Southwest School of Arts and Crafts.

  • 2006. Editor. Flor y Ciencia: Chicanas in Mathematics, Science and Engineering. AAAS Adelante Project.
  • 2001. Co-editor with Olga Najera Ramírez. Changing Chicana Traditions, University of Illinois Press.
  • Telling to Live: Latina Feminist Testimonios. Co-editor with the Latina feminist Group. Individual pieces included: "Getting there cuando no hay camino," "A Working Class Brujas Fears," and two poems: "Migraine" and "Reading the Body." Duke University Press.
  • 2000.Santuarios: Program Essay. The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center Rockefeller Gateways Program Performance.
  • 2000."Realidad Fronteriza" in Cariatides.
  • 2000."Police Blotter," Colorado Review.
  • 1999.Canícula: Imágenes de una niñez fronteriza. Houghton Mifflin Co.
  • 1999. "Diamond," A Quien Corresponda, Revista Literaria, Cd. Victoria, Tamps.
  • 1998."Tino" and "Perpetuo Socorro," in Aztlán in Viet Nam, University of California Press.
  • "Capirotada" in Stirring Prose, Texas A&M Press. 1998.
  • 1998."Adios en Madrid," Proyecto Scheherazade, electronic journal.
  • 1998."El luto," in Ventana Abierta.
  • 1998."Decolonizing the Mind" and "Trojan Horse" in Floricanto Sí: U.S. Latina Poetry. New York: Penguin.
  • 1997. Canícula: Snapshots of a Girlhood en la frontera. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, paperback edition.
  • 1997."Bailando y Cantando," short story, "Las diosas," "Decolonizing the Mind," and "Fiestas de diciembre," poems in Blue Mesa Review, number 9, University of New Mexico.
  • 1996."Letters Home/Letters from Home," sporadic column of poetry and prose in the monthly LareDOS.
  • 1995."Tino" and "Papi," in In Short. Judith Kitchen and Mary Paumier Jones, eds. New York: Norton.
  • 1995Canícula: Snapshots of a Girlhood en la frontera. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press. Winner, Premio Aztlán Literary Prize.
  • 1994."Nebraska Family: A Tryptich," Nebraska Humanist.
  • Chapters 42-44 from Canícula and "Action, Thought, Spirit"(poem) in Prairie Schooner.1992 *"Snapshots of a Girlhood en la frontera," in The Texas Humanist.
  • "Se me enchina el cuerpo al oir tu cuento", short story. New Chicano/a Literature, University of Arizona Press.
  • 1983."Unemployed", poem, Huehuetitlan.
  • 1983."Untitled", poem, Huehuetitlan.
  • Book reviews

  • 2015 Letters to the Poet from his Brother, in Aztlán
  • 2010 There Was a Woman, in Journal of Folklore Research
  • 2005 Homegirls in the Public Sphere in National Women’s Studies Journal
  • 1995 "Fiesta, fe, y cultura," in American Folklore Society Journal.
  • 1995 "Carry Me Like Water" in The Washington Post, Book World.
  • 1995 "My History Not Yours: The Formation of Mexican American Autobiography," in Western Historical Quarterly.
  • 1993 "No Short Journeys: The Interplay of Culture in the History and Literature of the Borderlands," in Western Historical Quarterly.
  • 1992 "Footlights Across the Border: A History of Spanish Language Professional Theater on the Texas Stage," Journal of Popular Culture.
  • 1991 "Mixed Blessings," in Texas Humanist, Spring.
  • 1984 "Woman of Her Word," in La Red/The Net.
  • 1984 "Cuentos: Stories by Latinas," in La Red/The Net.
  • 1979 "Chicano Voices," in English in Texas.
  • 1978 "Selina," in Prairie Schooner.
  • 1978 "César Chávez: Autobiography of La Causa," in Prairie Schooner.
  • References

    Norma Elia Cantú Wikipedia