Prof. Brenda Cardenas

Brenda Cárdenas, Associate Professor

phone: 414-229-6993
office: Curtin Hall 589


MFA, Creative Writing-Poetry, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, 1995
BA, English, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1987

Teaching/Research Interests:

Poetry Writing
United States Latino/a Literatures and Cultures
Performance Art
Poetry in Collaboration with Other Arts

Other Relevant Activities:

2010-2012 Milwaukee Poet Laureate
Board Member, MARCH (Movimiento Artistico Chicano) Inc, Chicago, IL
Ex-Oficio Advisory Circle Member, Con Tinta Latino Literary Organization

Selected Publications:

Books and compact disk
Bread of the Earth / The Last Colors with Roberto Harrison. Pamphlet. San Francisco: Decentralized Publications, 2011.

Boomerang. Tempe: Bilingual Review Press, 2009.

From the Tongues of Brick and Stone. Momotombo Press, Institute for Latino Studies, University of Notre Dame, 2005.

Co-Editor, Between the Heart and the Land / Entre el Corazon y la tierra: Latina Poets in the Midwest. MARCH Abrazo Press, 2001.

Chicano Illnoize: The Blue Island Sessions, poetry and music CD with Sonido Ink(quieto), DeSPICable Records, 2001.

Poems and essays forthcoming in Beyond the Field: New Latino/a Writing; City Creatures: Animal Encounters in Chicago's Urban Wilderness; The Golden Shovel Anthology: Honoring the Continuing Legacy and Influence of Gwendolyn Brooks; and Cuadernos de ALDEEU.

Poems and interviews published in Periódico de Poesía (UNAM, Mexico D. F.); Red, White, and Blue: Poets on Politics (Poetry Society of America Online); The 2013 Wisconsin Poets' Calendar; Brute Neighbors: Urban Nature Poetry, Prose and Photography; The City Visible: Chicago Poetry for the New Century; The Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry; Poetic Voices Without Borders; U.S. Latino Literature Today; Pilgrimage: Story, Spirit, Witness, Place; Inhabiting the Body: A Collection of Poetry and Art by Women; Bum Rush the Page: A Def Poetry Jam; Learning by Heart: Contemporary American Poetry About School; Cream City Review; and Verse Wisconsin.

Interdisciplinary Collaborative Performance Art and Installation Projects:

"Nexus," poem-print translation with visual artist Cynthia Lollis. Mind the Gap portfolio. SGC International Conference, Milwaukee, WI, March, 2013.

"Song," poem-film with animator Kyle Jenkins. Poetry Everywhere. The Poetry Foundation and docUWM, Released Feb. 2009.

Many performances throughout the nation with Sonido Ink(quieto), a spoken word and music ensemble (2000-2002)

Floricanto: A Feast of the Arts, Poetry and Printmaking Exhibit and Performance with artist Jeff Abbey Maldonado and five other poets, Chicago Field Museum (2000) and Chicago Cultural Center (1999)

Undesirable Elements/Chicago, Conceptual Theater Piece conceived and directed by Ping Chong in association with the six cast members, University of Illinois at Chicago and the Chernin Center for the Arts in Chicago (1999)

Mas Cara, collaborative installation included in "Turning Points: Seven Collaborative Arts Pieces," University of Michigan (1998)

Oh Goya! Goya with dancer and choreographer Evelyn Vélez Aguayo, included "Corpus Delecti—Sex, Food and Body Politics: A Season of U.S. Latino/a, Caribbean, and Latin American Performance Art," The Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, England (1996)