The State Poet Laureate of Texas and the first City Poet Laureate of San Antonio, Dr. Carmen Tafolla is the award-winning author of more than 30 books, including The Holy Tortilla and a Pot of Beans, and Rebozos. Her upcoming book, a novel-in-verse, Warrior Girl, will be released by Penguin Young Readers in September 2023. Professor Emerita of Bicultural Bilingual Studies at the University of Texas San Antonio and former President of the Texas Institute of Letters, Tafolla was born and raised in San Antonio, where her ancestors have lived for more than 300 years. She is the author of Arte del Pueblo: The Outdoor Public Art of San Antonio, which features photography from Frederick Preston.
Book by Carmen Tafolla
A celebration of the power of public art to express a community's cultural history, "Arte del Pueblo" explores San Antonio's heart and soul. This is the only book to provide literary insight into the meaning of San Antonio's robust public art.
In moving photography and poetic commentary, it covers five genres of public art from murals, sculptures, and mosaics to street art and digital art projections. Readers will come away with a deeper understanding of this multicultural crossroad through an introduction to its major artistic influences as well as thought-provoking interviews with 11 of the 190 artists featured. San Antonio's public artworks can be found everywhere: from its famous River Walk to the West Side Barrio, in parks and libraries, along roadways and bridges, on high-rises and restaurants.