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Guest Speaker: Laurie Ann Guerrero, SA Poet Laureate

March 30, 2015 8:00 PM - March 30, 2015 9:30 PM

TLU welcomes San Antonio Poet Laureate Laurie Ann Guerrero for a reading of her works and discussion about the writing process.

This event is free and open to the public. 

About Laurie Ann Guerrero

San Antonio Poet Laureate, Laurie Ann Guerrero, was born and raised in the Southside of San Antonio and received the Academy of American Poets Prize, among others, from Smith College. Winner of the 2012 Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize, her first full-length collection, A Tongue in the Mouth of the Dying, was selected by Francisco X. Alarcón and released by University of Notre Dame Press in 2013. Guerrero's chapbook, Babies under the Skin (Panhandler Publishing 2007), won the Panhandler Chapbook Award, chosen by Naomi Shihab Nye. Her latest collection, A Crown for Gumecindo, will be released by Aztlan Libre Press in the spring of 2015.

Poets & Writers Magazinenamed Guerrero one of 10 top debut poets in 2014. A Tongue in the Mouth of the Dying was listed as one of 14 must-read works of Chicano literature by Rigoberto Gonzalez and received an International Latino Book Award. Other honors include grants from the Artist Foundation of San Antonio and the Alfredo Cisneros del Moral Foundation. In 2014, Guerrero and was appointed by former mayor, Julian Castro, poet laureate of the city of San Antonio, the seventh largest city in the nation.

Guerrero's poetry and critical work have appeared in Huizache, Texas Monthly, Bellevue Review, Women's Studies Quarterly, Texas Observer, Chicana/Latina Studies, Feminist Studies and others. Guerrero holds a B.A. in English Language & Literature from Smith College and an MFA in poetry from Drew University.

In her TEDx San Antonio talk, Guerrero explores the lessons we inherit—intentionally or unintentionally—from the communities into which we are born, including her own. Taking the time to acknowledge and share these lessons, through the process of writing, can serve to empower even the most underestimated and/or underserved.


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