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Carmen Tafolla, author, poet, speaker & performer

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A native of the West-Side barrios of San Antonio, Texas, Tafolla was told by her junior high principal that she had potential to make it all the way to high school. She did, and followed it with a B.A. in 1972, an M.A. in 1973, and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas, Austin, in 1982. In 1973, she became Director of the Mexican-American Studies Center at Texas Lutheran College where she initiated, among other projects, the El Premio Roberto Salinas Award to recognize students who have worked to promote human understanding and cultural harmony.
Dr. Carmen Tafolla is an internationally acclaimed writer and educational consultant. A poet, author, and sought-after speaker and performer, she has published five books of poetry, eight children’s picture books, seven television screenplays, one non-fiction volume, and a collection of short stories, The Holy Tortilla and a Pot of Beans. In addition, she co-authored with filmographer Sylvia Morales a feature-length film comedy entitled REAL MEN... and other miracles. Her works are archived at the University of Texas Benson Latin American Collection.