Laurie Ann Guerrero
Central Academic Building, RM 319-D
Laurie Ann Guerrero, was born and raised in the Southside of San Antonio. 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, a collaboration with visual artist, Maceo Montoya, was released by Aztlan Libre Press in the spring of 2015, received the 2016 Helen C. Smith Award from the Texas Institute of Letters, and was named one of 8 must-read books by indispensable small presses by NBC Latino.
Poets & Writers Magazine named 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. She is a CantoMundo alum and member of the Macondo Writers' Workshop.
Guerrero has held consecutive positions as the Poet Laureate of San Antonio (2014-2016) and the state of Texas (2016-2017). She holds a B.A. in English Language & Literature from Smith College, an MFA in poetry from Drew University. She is the inaugural Writer-in-Residence at Texas A&M-San Antonio where is at work on a new collection.
Research Interests: contemporary poetry, women of color feminisms, testimonio, genre-bending, literary & cultural inheritance, critical race theory, queer studies, voice as craft