A&M-San Antonio to host book release and reading for Writer-in-Residence Laurie Ann Guerrero

By University Communications

Tuesday, 09 28 2021

2014-2016 Poet Laureate of San Antonio and 2016-2017 Poet Laureate of Texas

What: Book release and reading event. This event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Light refreshments will be served.

When: 7 p.m., Wednesday, October 13

Where: Texas A&M University-San Antonio Auditorium (see map)
Zoom: https://tamusa.zoom.us/j/88429383133

SAN ANTONIO — Texas A&M University-San Antonio Associate Professor of English and the University’s Writer-in-Residence Laurie Ann Guerrero will read from her recently published book of poems, I Have Eaten the Rattlesnake: New & Selected (TCU Press, 2021).

Born and raised in the South Side of San Antonio, Guerrero is the author of three other collections:

  • Babies under the Skin (Panhandler 2008)
  • A Tongue in the Mouth of the Dying (University of Notre Dame Press, 2013)
  • A Crown for Gumecindo, a collaboration with visual artist, Maceo Montoya(Aztlan Libre Press, 2015)

In 2014, Guerrero was appointed Poet Laureate of the Cy of San Antonio by former Mayor Julian Castro. In May 2015, Guerrero was appointed the 2016 Poet Laureate of the State of Texas. 

Poets & Writers Magazine named Guerrero one of 10 top debut poets in 2014. Her work has received various awards including the 2007 Panhandler Chapbook Award; the 2012 Andres Montoya Poetry Prize from the Institute of Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame; the 2016 Helen C. Smith Award for poetry from the Texas Institute of Letters; and a 2014 International Latino Book Award. Guerrero has been listed among must-read works of Chicano literature. Other honors include grants from the Artist Foundation of San Antonio and the Alfredo Cisneros del Moral Foundation.

Guerrero holds a B.A. in English Language and Literature from Smith College and an MFA in poetry from Drew University. In her role as an associate professor at Texas A&M University-San Antonio, Guerrero teaches writing and gender studies. She is currently at work on her fifth collection, a mix of traditional and visual poems and essays.

This reading is one of a number of campus events celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. For the full list of events, go here.

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Texas A&M University-San Antonio

Established as a stand-alone university in 2009, Texas A&M University-San Antonio is a comprehensive four-year public university that reflects the culturally diverse, heritage-rich community it serves. Situated on nearly 700 acres in south San Antonio, A&M-San Antonio is a military-embracing institution offering 33 undergraduate degrees and 16 graduate degrees to nearly 7,000 students. The University is home to the Henry G. Cisneros Institute for Emerging Leaders and the Cyber Engineering Technology/Cyber Security Research Center. A&M-San Antonio holds the Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) designation, with more than 75 percent of students who identify as Hispanic.  Military Times ranks the University No. 35 in the nation for Best for Vets: Colleges.” Visit tamusa.edu for more information. #onamission