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Petra Salazar is a coyote (regional term for an Indohispano/Anglo racial identity) from Española, New Mexico aka “Spaña.” They dwell in the borderlands of race & gender—a terrain, charted by Indohispano knowledge workers, that informs Petra's creative & critical inquiries into identity & belonging.

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.

Petra teaches children at a Montessori school & adults at 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.

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