Carmen Tafolla

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29, 1951
San Antonio, TX
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29, 1951 (age 67)
San Antonio, TX


Chicana author who is known for her work as both a children's fiction author and as a poet. Between 2012 and 2014, she served as the poet laureate for San Antonio. And, during 2015-2016, she served as the state of Texas' poet laureate.

Before Fame

She graduated with a bachelor's degree in Spanish and French from Austin College in 1972. She subsequently earned her master's degree in education from Austin College the following year.


She released her first poetry anthology collection, Get Your Tortillas Together, in 1976. In 2010, she earned the Charlotte Zolotow Award for Best Children's Picture Book in recognition of her novel What Can You DO with A Paleta?

Family Life

She was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas.

Associated With

She and fellow children's author Judy Blume are both known for employing themes that are near to them personally.