Cynthia Guardado is a Salvadorian-American poet and Professor of English. She received her Masters of Fine Arts from California State University, Fresno with an emphasis in poetry. Her poems have appeared in Huizache, Bozalta Journal, The Acentos Review, The Packinghouse Review, PALABRA: A Magazine of Chicano and Literary Art, Crate Literary Magazine, and The Normal School. She translated and transcribed interviews with journalist and Cuban exile, Normando Hernandez Gonzalez which were published in The Madrid Conversations (New Orleans Press 2013). Her poems “Pilgrimage” and “The Only Apartment in the Building without a Backdoor” are forthcoming in [ING] an Anthology about Inglewood. Her debut collection of poetry ENDEAVOR was published by World Stage Press in 2017.
Cynthia Guardado’s parents, Anselmo & Margoth, immigrated from El Salvador to Los Angeles, California, in the early 1980’s where Cynthia would later be born. She was raised in Inglewood, California, until she left to earn her Bachelor of Arts with an Emphasis in Creative Writing from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her creative work discusses the experiences of having a cross-cultural life and existing in between two landscapes. She is dedicated to social justice and currently lives in Inglewood. She is an Professor of English at Fullerton College, where her teaching is centered around contemporary works written by authors dedicated to social change in America.