This website focuses on seven Carmen Tafolla poems, providing video and textual resources to help readers better understand them. For teachers, there are also curricular aids.
The goal is to spread awareness of this remarkable poet and of the rich culture and history of San Antonio.
Select a poem from the menu above, or visit this page to click through to them.
ABOUT CARMEN TAFOLLACarmen Mary Tafolla was born on July 29, 1951, at Santa Rosa Hospital in downtown San Antonio, Texas. She grew up in a small house at 3535 San Fernando Street, in the westside neighborhood known as Barrio de la Tripa. Her Tafolla grandparents lived not far away at 2014 Buena Vista Street, in the area called Prospect Hill. The Tafolla family had lived in San Antonio since the 1850s, but other family connections relate Carmen to the very beginnings of San Antonio. One of Carmen’s forebears — actually her great-great-great-great-great grandfather — was Domingo Flores de Abrego, a soldier who helped build the original presidio over a decade before the “first” 55 civilian settlers from the Canary Islands arrived in San Antonio on March 9, 1731. Read more...