Laurie Ann Guerrero
Born and raised in the Southside of San Antonio, Guerrero earned her BA in English Language & Literature from Smith College and an MFA in poetry from Drew University. She is the recipient of numerous awards in her field, including the Academy of American Poets Prize from Smith College, the Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize, and the Alfredo Cisneros del Moral Award. Guerrero’s first full-length collection of poetry, A Tongue in the Mouth of the Dying, was released by University of Notre Dame Press in 2013. It was listed as one of 14 must-read pieces of Chicano literature by writer and book critic Rigoberto Gonzalez and received an International Latino Book Award. Her latest collection, A Crown for Gumecindo, was released by Aztlan Libre Press earlier this year. Poets & Writers Magazine named Guerrero one of 10 top debut poets in 2014. Guerrero is a member of the Macondo Writers’ Workshop, a program entrusted to the Guadalupe by acclaimed author Sandra Cisneros in 2013, which celebrated its 20th anniversary this month. Last year, Guerrero was appointed by former mayor Julian Castro as the Poet Laureate of San Antonio. In May of this year, she was named the Poet Laureate of the state of Texas for 2016.