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Sonnets and Salsa, Wings Press, San Antonio, 2001.

Sonnets to Human Beings and other Selected Works, by Carmen Tafolla; 2nd Edition, McGraw-Hill, 1995; 1st Edition, Lalo Press, Santa Monica, 1992; Sonnette an Menschen: German Dual-Language Edition, Wurf Verlag, Universitat Osnabruck, Osnabruck, Germany, 1992.

“La Isabela de Guadalupe y otras Chucas,” in Five Poets of Aztlán, Bilingual Review Press, New York, 1985.

Curandera, 3rd ed., Lalo Press Santa Monica, 1992. 1st ed., M&A, 1983.

Get your Tortillas Together, Rifán Press, 1976.


What Can You Do with a Rebozo?, Tricycle Press, San Francisco, California, 2008.

That’s Not Fair!: Emma Tenayuca’s Struggle for Justice / ¡No Es Justo!: La lucha de Emma Tenayuca por la Justicia, Wings Press, San Antonio, Texas, 2008.

Somebody Stole My Smile! Scott-Foresman, 2005.

Baby Coyote and the Old Woman / El Coyotito y La Viejita, Wings Press, 2000.

My house is your house: Mi casa es su casa, Heinemann, Oxford, England, 2000, Rigby, U.S.A. edition, 2000. (Big Book)

Take a Bite, Celebration Press, 1997.

The dog who wanted to be a Tiger, Celebration Press, 1996.

El perro que quería ser tigre, Celebration Press, 1996.

El Coyotito y La Viejita, Houghton Mifflin, 1992.

El Día que el Armadillo Vió Su Sombra, Houghton Mifflin, 1992.

Patchwork Colcha: Poems, Stories and Songs in English and Spanish, C.E.E, 1987.

“Much to Learn,” Harcourt-Brace.
“The Storykeeper,” Scott-Foresman.
“Our Family Get-together,” Scott-Foresman.
“Do you live in a Nest?,” Scott-Foresman.
“El Drama del Rey,” Scott-Foresman.
“Minnie the Mambo Mosquito,” Scott-Foresman.
“Señora Hen,” Scott-Foresman.
“Kan Kan Can,” Scott-Foresman.
“Mama’s Birthday Present,” Scott-Foresman.
“Me Gustan los Cascarones,” Houghton Mifflin.
“El Dulcero,” Houghton Mifflin.
“María del Sol,” Houghton Mifflin.


“You dont Have to be Bigger to be Important,” “Mari and the Moon,” “So Much to Learn,” “No Room, No Room!” in A Chorus of Cultures, Hampton Brown, 1999.

“Much to Learn” in Rare Finds, Harcourt-Brace, 1998.


“Mission San José,” “Tía Sofía,” “This River Here,” “Health Care,” and “Aquí” in A Student’s Treasury of Texas Poetry, TCU Press, 2007.

“Marked” in Hispanic American Literature, Glencoe, 2001; Latino Literature, Holt, Rhinehart & Winston, 2003.

“La Familia” in Multicultural Voices, Scott-Foresman, 1995; Latino Writers in the U.S., McDougal Littel, 2001.

“Voyage” and “Allí por la calle San Luis” in Album USA, Scott-Foresman, 1984.

“Allí por la calle San Luís” in Structure and Meaning: An Introduction to Literature, Houghton-Mifflin, 1983.

“Chispa, The Pachuco Sonnet” in A Guide to Contemporary Literature, Houghton-Mifflin, 1997.


To Split a Human: Mitos, Machos, y la Mujer Chicana, Mexican-American Cultural Center, 1985.

Empowering Students through Creative Writing, Excellence in Teaching, 1990.

Racism in the 90's: Recognizing the Silent Monster, Monograph # 1, Underwood Lecture Series, American Humanics Program, 1992.

Semillas: A Tribute to Cecilio García Camarillo, El Aviso, Vol. 4, No. 1, Spring 2002.


The Holy Tortilla and a Pot of Beans, a Feast of Short Fiction by Carmen Tafolla, Wings Press, 2008.

“How I Got into Big Trouble” in Red Boots and Attitude, May, 2002.

“Tia” in Fantasmas, Tales of the Supernatural, 2001.

“The Pot has Eyes” in Texas Short Stories II, Browder Springs Press, 2000; and The Bayou Review, 2000.

“I Just Can't Bear It” in Texas Short Stories, Browder Springs Press, 1996.

“Chencho's Cow” in Saguaro, 1987; New Growth 2, Corona, 1993.

“Federico y Elfiria” in Mosaic, 1987; Third Woman, 1989; Common Bonds: Texas Women Writers, SMU Press, 1990.

“You Just Don't Know Martha!” in Southern Exposure, Jan/Feb 1986.

“El Mojado No Existe” in Sonnets to Human Beings, Lalo Press, 1992.

“Quality Literature” in Curandera, Lalo Press, 1983.

“Adela” in Hembra, UT Austin 1976.

In addition, Dr. Tafolla's poems and academic articles have been included in many anthologies and periodicals, including The Langdon Review of the Arts, Yapanchitra (India), The Pawn Review, Third Woman, The Dictionary of Literary Biography, The Texas Observer, Southern Exposure, NewVerseNews, and In Their Own Voices: A Century of Recorded Poetry.

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