César L. de León is the author of speaking with grackles by soapberry trees (FlowerSong 2021). He is an educator and one of four poet-organizers for Poets Against Walls, a grass-roots collective of poets and educators dedicated to centering and elevating Borderland narratives and work by writers, artists, and activists affected by borders and divisions of any kind. Over the years, Cesar has been featured in local poetry festivals as well as participated and hosted reading events. Most recently he has facilitated community workshops in collaboration with Texas Poet Laureate Emmy Perez and La Union Del Pueblo Entero (LUPE). Other projects he has worked on include workshops and fundraisers with other writers benefiting local communities in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas and elsewhere.  His work  has appeared in Queen Mob’s Tea House, Pilgrimage, The Acentos Review, Yellow Chair Review, La Bloga, and the anthologies Pulse/Pulso: In Remembrance of Orlando, Imaniman: Poets Writing in the Anzaldúan Borderlands, The Border Crossed Us: An Anthology to End Apartheid, and Texas Weather Anthology among others. He has received awards from the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association and the Columbia Scholastic Press Association.