Emmy Pérez is the author of the poetry collections With the River on Our Face(University of Arizona Press) and Solstice (Swan Scythe Press). Originally from Santa Ana, California, she is a graduate of Columbia University and the University of Southern California and has lived on the Texas-Mexico border for the past fifteen years. She has received poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, CantoMundo, New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. She is also the recipient of the Alfredo Cisneros Del Moral Foundation Award, the James D. Phelan Award, and is a member of the Macondo Writers' Workshop founded by Sandra Cisneros for socially engaged writers.
Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous publications, including the anthologies Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology(University of Georgia Press), Entre Guadalupe y Malinche: Tejanas in Literature & Art(University of Texas Press), IMANIMAN: Poets Writing in the Anzalduan Borderlands(Aunt Lute Books),and Orange County: A Literary Field Guide(Heyday Books).
Currently, she is an associate professor in the MFA in creative writing program at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, and also serves as interim director for the Center for Mexican American Studies.