Dr. Christopher Carmona is the interim Director of Mexican American Studies at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. He is a board member of the national award-winning organization, Refusing To Forget, which researches and promotes teaching the history of violence against Mexican Americans and Latinos in the early 20 th Century and beyond. Currently serves as the Chair of the NACCS Tejas Foco Committee on Implementing MAS in PreK-12 Education in Texas. He was a leader in getting the TEKS based Mexican American Studies High School Course approved by the Texas State Board of Education, which is the only State Board approved Mexican American Studies course in the United States to date. He served on Responsible Ethnic Studies Textbook committee that was awarded the “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee” award for excellence in educational leadership from the Mexican American School Board Association (MASBA). He has published three books of poetry, co-edited two anthologies, and co-authored a scholarly conversation book, called Nuev@s Voces Poeticas: A Conversation about new Chican@ Identities. He has a chapter in Reverberations of Racial Violence: Critical Reflections on Borderlands History discussing intergenerational trauma for Mexican Americans in the Rio Grande Valley. Carmona is the author of El Rinche: The Ghost Ranger of the Rio Grande, which was a finalist for the 2019 Best Young Adult Novel for the Texas Institute of Letters. Currently, he is working on finishing this series of YA novels reimagining the “Lone Ranger” story as a Chicanx superhero fighting Texas Rangers in the Rio Grande Valley from 1905-1920. Book Two is out in 2021. Finally his short story collection, The Road to Llorona Park, won the 2016 NACCS Tejas Best Fiction Award and was listed as one of the top 8 Latinx books in 2016 by NBCNews.
Christopher Carmona, PhD | Associate Professor Interim Director of Mexican American Studies Joint Appointment with Creative Writing Program University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley
Chuy Ramirez is an attorney practicing law in the Rio Grande Valley since 1983, and
dabbles in writing.
The July 2021 edition of IberoAzltan will be our seventh. We had projected publication of six editions which would be focused primarily on an interview project which we began in 2017, called the Chicana/o Legacy Project. The interest in and support for IberoAztlan was Unexpected.
Rather than ceasing publication as originally intended, we are offering to transfer all publisher’s rights, powers, and legal authority to anyone (individually or otherwise) who has the interest and wherewithal to carry on the project. The purchase price is $1.00, and the consideration and conditions are negotiable.
2:00 p.m., MST August 26,
Broadcast from the US-Mexico Border
View the Borderland Saga through the lens of those who embody the Frontera experience in words and image. The program includes talks by UTEP political science professor Dr. Kathleen Stoudt; history professor Dr. Yolanda Leyva; studio visits with Antonio Castro, Oscar Moya, Jacob Muñoz, and Mark Clark; a reading by poet activist Margo Tamez; and, a short film “Seven String Barbed Wire Fence” by David DeWitt and Diana Molina