UMass Dartmouth welcomes Poet Laureate of San Antonio and TED Talker Laurie Ann Guerrero

Laurie Ann Guerrero to give talk on "Education as Revolution" and take part in roundtable discussion at Frederick Douglass Unity House April 2-3

UMass Dartmouth welcomes Poet Laureate of San Antonio and TED Talker Laurie Ann Guerrero to campus this week. The celebrated poet will present a talk on "Education as Revolution" April 2, 2015, at 6 p.m. at the University's Woodland Commons. Ms. Guerrero will also participate in a Roundtable on Mothers as Students, which will take place on April 3, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Frederick Douglass Unity House. 

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 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. 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. 

UMass Dartmouth distinguishes itself as a vibrant, public research university dedicated to engaged learning and innovative research resulting in personal and lifelong student success. The University serves as an intellectual catalyst for economic, social, and cultural transformation on a global, national, and regional scale.


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