Petra Salazar, raised in Española, New Mexico, dwells in the borderlands of race & gender—a location, studied by Latinx philosophers, that informs Petra's creative & critical inquiries into identity & history, especially of the U.S. Southwest.

Chicano curanderismo & the radical pedagogy of bell hooks influence their understanding of teaching & poetry as healing & liberatory practices that occur both inside & outside traditional learning & literary spaces.

Petra's work has been published or is forthcoming in Indiana Review, Colorado Review, Sonora Review, Coffin Bell, The Southampton Review, Latin American Literature Today, The Journal of Latina Critical Feminism, The Acentos Review, Open Minds Quarterly, The Grief Diaries, Plants & Poetry, & El Palacio.

In addition to the grounding work of teaching children, Petra serves as Managing Editor for Snapdragon: A Journal of Art & Healing & facilitates workshops exploring the borderlands of poetry & philosophy through Philopoetics.com. They hold 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.