FAQ’s

1. When gathering for workshops, do CantoMundo faculty and fellows critique each fellows' poetry?

No, poetry is not critiqued at the CantoMundo retreat workshops. Accepted fellows participate in two workshops, one with each faculty member. Also, the workshops are generative.

2. Does applying to CantoMundo guarantee admission?

Admission to CantoMundo is granted through a competitive process. The pool of applicants changes each year so if you are not admitted the first time you apply, we encourage you to resubmit in subsequent years.

3. Who reviews the applications for admittance to CantoMundo?

The applications are reviewed by CantoMundo co-founders and co-directors, Celeste Guzmán Mendoza and Deborah Paredez, as well as the CantoMundo Organizing Committee members Leticia Hernández-Linares and Carmen Gimenez Smith.

4. For my application to CantoMundo, what type of poetry should I submit?

We recommend sending your best work.

5. How much does it cost to participate in CantoMundo?

When you are accepted to CantoMundo, you must cover your travel to New York City, housing, and meals during the four-day retreat. Housing is available at dormitories on the campus of Columbia University; a double suite is about $90/night. All fellows are required to reside in the university dormitories during the retreat; no exceptions. The dorm rooms are furnished and equipped with a shared bath and kitchen; towels and sheets are provided however fellows should bring their own toiletries. Breakfast and lunch are provided for fellows on the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of the retreat, while fellows are responsible for their own dinners and other expenses.