Montserrat Fontes, '66 B.A., English, '67 M.A., English Montserrat Fontes is a distinguished writer whose first novel, First Confession (Norton: 1991), has been widely praised as a major contribution to Chicana fiction. Her work is often taught in the CSLA U.S. Ethnic Literature course. Her second novel, Dreams of the Centaur, was released this past January and is currently being translated into German and French.

Fontes has served the community as an educator; after 21 years of service at University High School, she has recently joined the faculty at Marshall High School where she teaches advanced placement English and journalism.

She has received numerous endowments and grants, including honors for two National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminars, a Carnegie-Mellon grant and a National Endowment for the Humanities independent study grant. Fontes has had four book reviews published in the Philadelphia Inquirer and has been a guest speaker for organizations, including the California Association of Teachers of English, the Journalism Education Association National Convention, and the University of California, Los Angeles Chancellor's Conference. She earned her master's degree in one year at CSLA.

Fontes is a Glendale resident.