Speaker Tafolla

The internationally acclaimed author of more than 30 books, Dr. Carmen Tafolla is a native of the West-Side Barrios of San Antonio.   Called by Roots author Alex Haley “a world-class writer”, Tafolla has performed her one-woman show throughout the Americas, Europe and New Zealand.  A Professor of Bicultural, Bilingual Studies at UT San Antonio, she credits the community around her with her inspiration and her training, and says her works are inspired by “ancestors whispering over my shoulder.”

The First City Poet Laureate of San Antonio from 2012-2014, later State Poet Laureate of Texas 2015, and currently the President of the Texas Institute of Letters, Tafolla is the recipient of numerous awards and distinctions, including the prestigious Américas Award, presented to her at the Library of Congress in 2010, five International Latino Book Awards, the Charlotte Zolotow Award for best children’s picture book writing, two Tomas Rivera Book  Awards, three A.L.A. Notable Books, the Art of Peace Award, Top Ten Books for Babies, and has been recognized by the National Association of Chicana and Chicano Studies for work which “gives voice to the peoples and cultures of this land.”