Petra Salazar is a white (tres)passing "coyote" (regional term for an indohispano/anglo racial identity) from Española, New Mexico. They were a finalist and honorable mention in the 2022 Button Chapbook Contest. Their work has been published or is forthcoming in Colorado Review, Indiana Review, Sonora Review, The Southampton Review, Latin American Literature Today, and elsewhere.
Petra facilitates courses and groups at Philopoetics.com. They consider education and poetry as healing, liberatory practices that occur both inside and outside traditional learning and literary spaces.
Petra holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Poetry from UNC-Greensboro, where they graduated as a Fred Chappell Fellow. They also hold a Master of Education degree & a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management from George Washington University. Petra has had additional formative educational experiences as an Army National Guard diesel mechanic, military conscientious objector to the Iraq War, labor activist, community organizer, higher ed administrator, certified master gardener, herbalism apprentice, and mindfulness and Tai chi practitioner..