Cesar Leonardo De Leon

Poet

Rio Grande Valley, TX

Author's Bio

César L. de León is the author of speaking with grackles by soapberry trees (FlowerSong 2021). He is an educator and one of four poet-organizers for Poets Against Walls, a grass-roots collective of poets and educators dedicated to centering and elevating Borderland narratives and work by writers, artists, and community members, affected by borders and divisions of any kind. Over the years, Cesar has been featured in local poetry festivals as well as participated in and hosted reading events. Most recently he has facilitated community workshops in collaboration with the 2020 Texas Poet Laureate Emmy Perez and La Union Del Pueblo Entero (LUPE). Other projects he has worked on include workshops and fundraisers with other writers and artists benefiting local communities in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas and elsewhere.  His work has appeared in Queen Mob’s Tea House, PilgrimageThe Acentos ReviewYellow Chair Review, La Bloga, and the anthologies Pulse/Pulso: In Remembrance of OrlandoImaniman: Poets Writing in the Anzaldúan BorderlandsThe Border Crossed Us: An Anthology to End Apartheid, and Texas Weather Anthology among others. He has received awards from the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association and the Columbia Scholastic Press Association.

Publications & Prizes

Book:
Speaking with Grackles by Soapberry Trees (FlowerSong Press, 2021)

More Information

Gives readings: 
Yes
Travels for readings: 
Yes
Identifies as: 
Mexican American
Prefers to work with: 
Immigration, LGBTQ, Naturalists/Environmentalists, Teachers
Fluent in: 
English, Spanish
Born in: 
Monterrey, NLE
Mexico
Nuevo Leon
Raised in: 
Harlingen, TX
Texas
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Last update: Aug 04, 2021