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.
Dr. Frederick Preston, author of the well-loved Historic Doorways of San Antonio, is a nationally recognized educator and long-time photographer. Over his 35 years as faculty and administrative leader in higher education, he has been the recipient of numerous education and community service awards, including recognition by the US Congress. His worldwide travels have provided extensive photographic gems and cultivated his passionate interest in historic architecture and public art. Dr. Preston holds a doctorate degree from the University of Massachusetts, and he served on the faculty and as Vice President for Student Affairs at Stony Brook University in New York.