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Norma Elia Cantu is a Chicana postmodernist writer and the Murchison Professor in the Humanities at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.


Mrs. Cantu was born on January 3, 1947 in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico. She is a daughter of Florentino and Virginia (Ramon) Cantu. Her family immigrated to the United States in 1948 and became its citizens in 1968.


In 1973 she received Bachelor of Science in Education cum laude from Texas Agricultural and Industrial University and in 1975 Master of Science from the same university. Mrs. Cantu obtained Doctor of Philosophy from University Nebraska in 1982.


Norma Cantu served as an instructor at University Nebraska, Lincoln, during 1975-1978. From 1980 to 1987 she was an assistant professor at Laredo State University. During the period of 1987-1993 Mrs. Cantu hels the post of an associate professor at Texas Agricultural and Mechanical University. From 1987 till 1991 she acted as a chairperson division arts & science. During 1991-1992 she was an interim dean school education and arts & science Washington. And Mrs. Cantu has worked as a professor of English since 1995. In 1993-1995 she was a senior arts specialist Folk arts program National Education Association, Washington.

Mrs. Cantu became a member council women higher education Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, 1991, institutional representative, 1992, faculty representative formula funding committee during 1992-1993. Then Norma Cantu worked at the Translator development center Hispanic Affairs in Lincoln, Nebraska.

From 1987 to 1988 Norma Cantu served at the Secretary faculty senate Laredo State University/Texas Agricultural and Mechanical International University.

Mrs. Cantu has read poetry, given lectures, and presented papers in locations throughout the United States, Mexico, and Paris, France. Has served as an editor or consultant for the University of New Mexico Press, Texas A & M University Press, and Chicana/Latina Studies Journal.She produced and moderated “Fiesta Latina,” a weekly public service radio program on KRNU. She was known to be a director of Teatro Chicano/a at the University of Nebraska.

She has been on the faculty of the University of Texas at San Antonio and the University of Missouri-Kansas City. In 2016, she was named Murchison Professor in the Humanities at Trinity University.


  • Mrs. Cantu is widely known due to her numerous works. She has been awarded a lot of times and obtained universal recognition.



Quotations: Mrs. Cantu told CA: "As a daughter of the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, I am fluent in two languages and multiple cultures; this gives me an edge as a writer. I write in Spanish, in English, and in the language of the border depending on whether I am writing poetry, criticism, or fiction."

"Writing is an extension of my work as a Chicana activist. When I work with the local literacy program or work with the community women’s group, Las mujeres (The Women), I am also creating and impacting the world."

"A writer owes allegiance to herself first and foremost, and in honoring her truth all else falls into place. I love books, and I know the power of words to inspire and to incite, but I also know that writing can obfuscate and distort truth. Writers follow a path, although they don’t always know where it leads, and discover truths not always pleasant but critical."


Instructor children's group Los Reflejos de La Raza, 1976-1978. Co-chair local chapter Amnesty International, 1984-1988, member national task forces. Member board advisors women's center Laredo Junior College, 1986-1988.

President Literacy Volunteers American, Laredo, Texas, 1986-1988, board directors, 1988-1991, tutor trainer, English as Second Language tutor. Active Webb County History Commission, Sin Fronteras Cultural Arts Group, since 1989, Indigenous Women's Network, since 1990. Board directors Laredo Public Library., 1987-1991, vice president, 1990-1991.

Member American Association of University Women (local treasurer 1990-1992), Modern Language Association (member commission literature and languages American 1987-1989, member editorial board), American Association Higher Education, National Women's Studies Association, National Council Teachers English, National Association Chicano Studies, Texas Council Teachers English (member publications committee 1989, member nominations committee 1990), Texas Association Bilingual Education, Texas Joint Council Teachers English (program chair district I and II 1983, 88, general chair 1983, 89), Texas Committee Higher Education, Federation State Humanities Council (member conference planning committee 1989-1990), College Composition and Communications Conference, South Central Modern Languages Association, Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social (conference coordinator summer 1991, chair elect 1992, chair 1993), Feministas Unidas, Las Mujeres (charter, organizer Primavera Conferences National Women's History Week 1982-1992), Laredo Philosophical Society (president 1983-1984, organizer lecture series).


  • Other Interests

    Quilting, painting, human rights and environmental issues.


Florentino Cantu - Mexico

Virginia (Ramon) Cantu - Mexico