Former San Antonio and Texas Poet Laureate, Laurie Ann Guerrero, returns to her roots to teach at Texas A&M University-San Antonio

By University Communications

Wednesday, 08 09 2017

Laurie Ann Guerrero

SAN ANTONIO (August 9, 2017)— Laurie Ann Guerrero is an award-winning Chicana poet, a former San Antonio Laureate and the Poet Laureate of Texas. The esteemed poet and literacy advocate can now add Texas A&M University-San Antonio writer-in-residence to her list of accolades. At the start of the fall 2017 semester, Guerrero will be a fully immersed faculty member. She will teach a contemporary American woman poets course, host numerous University writing workshops and mentor students while working on her next writing project.

Working for Texas A&M-San Antonio has a deep-seated significance to Guerrero. Hailing from the city’s Southside, Guerrero says the opportunity to inspire other writers from her community is what compelled her to apply to Texas A&M-San Antonio. “I hope to be a guide and a mentor to these students who, in many ways, are just like me,” she said. “It is my responsibility to give back, and it is an honor to teach in the area where I grew up.”

Guerrero is A&M-San Antonio’s first writer-in-residence, and University administration anticipates registration for her class will fill quickly. “She’s visited our campus in the spring for a writing workshop and it was full to capacity,” said Dr. Bill Bush, chair of the Department of Arts and Humanities. “She is a shining example of what our students can become, and I know they will be excited to learn from her.”

Guerrero is the author of two full collections of poetry and a chapbook. Her first collection, “Babies Under the Skin” won the 2007 Panhandler Chapbook Publishing Award. In 2012, her manuscript, “A Tongue in the Mouth of the Dying” was the winner of the Letras Latinas Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize and was published by Notre Dame. Poets & Writers Magazine named Guerrero as one of the top 10 poets of 2014, the same year San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro appointed her as the second Poet Laureate of the City of San Antonio. In 2016, she was appointed as the 53rd Poet Laureate of the State of Texas.

For information about community writing workshop opportunities, please contact Sr. Communications Specialist Cavett McCrary at (210) 784-1103 or at cavett.mccrary@tamusa.edu.


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