Ms. Judith del Ángel Velázquez Santopietro

Directora General, Literatura en Lenguas Originarias

Focus Areas

Racial Equity & Healing
Indigenous Communities
Latino / Hispanic Communities


Judith Santopietro was born in Cordoba, State of Veracruz. Writer and researcher. Judith holds a BA in Hispanic Literature from the University of Veracruz – Xalapa campus, State of Veracruz and she studies a PhD in Iberian and Latin American Literatures and Cultures focused on nahuatl culture at University of Texas at Austin. National Poetry Award “Lázara Meldiú”, Mexico, 2014. Fellowship holder, Support Program to the Creativity and Artistic Development, Instituto Veracruzano de Cultura, Mexico. Visiting researcher at the Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies, University of Texas at Austin (2012-2013) and in the program "Time in Intercultural Context: the indigenous calendars of Mexico and Guatemala", Department of Archaeological Heritage, Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden University, The Netherlands (2015). he belongs to the nahua ethnic group. Judith is founder of Iguanazul magazine, initiative that promotes the revitalization of the indigenous languages through literacy and art. Moreover, she is director of Radio Nomada, a program that promotes new spaces in literature and art for indigenous students. Judith has participated in several workshops and conferences as main speaker such as the Iberoamerican Seminar for Young Leaders in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia; Continental Summit for Indigenous Groups in Puno, Peru; Oxfam International Youth Partnerships in New Delhi, India. Judith was awarded with the Youth Action Net Scholarship 2010 (International Youth Foundation, Washington D.C.), Young Laureates Programme 2010 (Rolex Foundation, Geneva, Switzerland), and the Mexico City University Social Development Award 2008. She has published in Anuario de Poesía Mexicana 2006/ Yearbook of Mexican Poetry, Ed. Fondo de Cultura Económica, Mexico; Anthology of the Latin American Festival of Poetry New York City, USA, 2014; Árbol en llamas, compilation from the workshop "Juntaversos" founded by Saúl Ibargoyen, Sediento Ediciones, Mexico, 2013; Anthology from National Literature Encounter in Indigenous Languages, Writers in Indigenous Languages Association, 2008; World Oral Literature Project, University of Cambridge, UK, 2009; and the book of poetry Palabras de Agua, Conaculta, Ivec and Praxis, Mexico, 2010 among others. Invited to the Latin American Festival of Poetry of New York City, International Book Fair of La Paz, Bolivia, XVII International Poetry Festival of La Havana, Cuba (2014); Encounter of Intercultural Book in Indigenous Languages, XXIII Book Fair of Anthropology and History, National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico (2011); XXX and XXXI International Book Fair of Palacio de Minería, Mexico City; Festival of Latin American Poetry LATINALE, Instituto Cervantes de Berlín, Germany (2010). Poetry readings and presentations at The Department of Foreign Modern Languages, Ohio Wesleyan University, Hispanic Studies Department, Oberlin College, Ohio, USA (2014); Portico Bookstore of Fondo de Cultura Económica, Washington DC, York College, CUNY, USA (2013); Maison du Mexique, Paris, Francia (2010). Other festivals and conferences in Colombia, Brazil, Guatemala, Peru, Switzerland, Spain, El Salvador, India and Costa Rica. She is researching at New York where she develops a project among indigenous migrant communities from Mexico.