Emmy Pérez’s poetry collections include With the River on Our Face and Solstice. Her work also appears in anthologies such as Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology, Other Musics: New Latina Poetry, and What Saves Us: Poems of Empathy and Outrage in the Age of Trump. A member of the Macondo Writers’ Workshop for socially engaged writers, she is a former recipient of poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, CantoMundo, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. She grew up in Santa Ana, California, where she received LibroMobile’s inaugural Modesta Avila Award in 2019. Since the year 2000, she has lived in the Texas borderlands. She is Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and serves as Associate Director for the Center for Mexican American Studies. She also serves on the organizing committee for CantoMundo national literary organization and co-founded Poets Against Walls.
Emmy Pérez is a Featured Poet for Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Poems of Provocation & Witness (March 26-28, 2020) in Washington, DC.