Brenda Cárdenas has authored Boomerang, From the Tongues of Brick and Stone, and with Roberto Harrison, Bread of the Earth/The Last Colors. She also co-edited Between the Heart and the Land: Latina Poets in the Midwest. Her poems and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Latina/o Poetics: The Art of Poetry, Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology, The Golden Shovel Anthology, POETRY, Mind the Gap: A Portfolio of Poem-Print Translations, The Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry, RATTLE, and elsewhere. She has given readings widely, including at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Poetry Foundation, the Poet’s House, the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, and the Bryant Park Reading Room. An Associate Professor in the Creative Writing program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Cárdenas served as the Milwaukee Poet Laureate from 2010-2012. Brenda also co-created and co-taught the PINTURA : PALABRA inaugural workshop at the Smithsonian Museum of American Art.