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Celeste Guzmán Mendoza is a native of San Antonio, Texas. Her poems have been published in Poet Lore, Borderlands, Salamander, and other journals. She has also had essays and poems appear in the following anthologies: This Promiscuous Light: Young Women Poets of San Antonio (Wings Press: 1996), Floricanto Sí!: A Collection of Latina Poetry (Penguin:1998), Red Boots and Attitude: The Spirit of Texas Women Writers (Eakin Press: 2003), and Telling Tongues: A Latin@ Anthology on Language Experience (Calaca Press: 2007). Her chapbook of poetry, Cande, te estoy llamando, won the Premio Poesía Tejana from Wings Press.

Mendoza graduated from Barnard College, and holds a MFA in poetry from Bennington Writing Seminars and a Certificate in Spanish from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. She has received writing residencies with Macondo Writing Workshops and Hedgebrook for Women Writers. She is a co-founder of CantoMundo, a master workshop for Latina/o poets.

Mendoza is also a playwright. Her original play, Burnt Sienna, won the 1996 American College Theater Festival's Ten Minute Play Award. Her plays have been produced by the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center and Teatro Vivo.

Mendoza lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband and three cats. She currently works as the Associate Director of Development at the Teresa Lozano Long Institute for Latin American Studies of the University of Texas at Austin.

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