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Lorna Dee Cervantes

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Employment History

  • Creative Writing Teacher
    University of Colorado
  • Chicana Poet
    University of Colorado
  • Director of the Creative Writing Program
    University of Colorado
  • Founder and Editor-In-Chief
    Mango Publications
  • Founder and Editor In Chief
    Mango Publications
  • Independent Scholar: Poet, Philosopher
  • Director of Creative Writing
    University of Colorado at Boulder
  • Teacher
    University of Colorado at Boulder
  • Associate Professor
    University of Colorado at Boulder
  • Co-Editor
    Red Dirt
  • Poet


  • bachelor's degree , fine arts
    California State University , Los Angeles
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Lorna Dee Cervantes
Lorna Dee Cervantes read for the Everett Series on Tuesday, March 2 2010. She is an internationally acclaimed Chicana poet from San José, California. Her poetry has appeared in nearly 200 anthologies and textbooks, including The Norton Anthologies of Modern, American, English, Contemporary & Women's Poetry. The recipient of many honors, awards & literary fellowships, her first book, Emplumada, (Univ. of Pittsburgh Press, 1981) won an American Book Award; her second, From the Cables of Genocide: Poems on Love and Hunger, (Arte Público Press, 1991) won the Paterson Prize for Best Book of Poetry (judge-Hayden Carruth) and the Latino Literature Award.
A fifth-generation Californian of Mexican and Native American (Chumasch) heritage, Lorna Dee Cervantes was a pivotal figure throughout the Chicano literary movement. On July 4th, 1976, she founded the influential small press & Chicano literary journal, MANGO Publications, which was the first to publish Sandra Cisneros, Jimmy Santiago Baca, Alberto Rios, Ray Gonzalez, Ronnie Burk, and Orlando Ramirez (co-editor). Cervantes and MANGO also championed the early work of writers Gary Soto, José Montoya, José Montalvo, José Antonio Burciaga, and her personal favorite, Luís Omar Salinas.
Cervantes is a dynamic poet whose work draws tremendous power from her struggles in the literary and political trenches. Her power is channeled by a keen intellect and careful craft, which allows her to explore the boundaries between language and experience.
Considered something of a Chicana / Native American legend in her own right, Cervantes has been on the cover of magazines like Bloomsbury Review, and was interviewed at length in the Michigan Quarterly Review (Fall 2003). Her poetry has appeared in literally hundreds of literary magazines.
Awarded a prestigious Lila Wallace-Readers Digest Award for her work, she founded and directed "Floricanto Colorado," showcasing Xicano & Xicana literature in Denver and surrounding school districts, which, among other events, helped to bring about the proclamation of "Abelardo 'Lalo' Delgado Day in Denver.
Cervantes holds an A.B.D. in the History of Consciousness. She was previously Associate Professor of English at the University of Colorado in Boulder and is currently completing her book of literary nonfiction, I Know Why the Quetzals Die: An Education. She is presently confounded by the prospect of peddling her screenplay, Pigmeat: The Life and Times of Memphis Minnie, a 20-year project, to Oprah. (Any leads?
Poetry Foundation Announces Spring 2008 Literary Series : The Poetry Foundation, 1 April 2008 [cached]
Poetry Off the Shelf: Lorna Dee Cervantes and Rigoberto González
Lorna Dee Cervantes was born in San Francisco of Mexican and Native American descent. Her first book, Emplumada, won the American Book Award in 1982. Her most recent book, Drive: The First Quartet, appeared from Wings Press in 2006. She is founder and editor-in-chief of Mango Publications, which publishes Mango, a literary review of works by Chicano writers, as well as the literary magazine Red Dirt. She lives in Boulder, where she teaches creative writing at the University of Colorado.
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Lorna Dee Cervantes is a Chicana poet who teaches creative writing at the University of Colorado. This poem is from her first book, "Emplumada."
Lorna Dee Cervantes is a Chicana poet who teaches creative writing at the University of Colorado. This poem is from her first book, "Emplumada." Download this piece as a PDF
Oregon Book Awards, 12 April 2002 [cached]
Judge Lorna Dee Cervantes calls the poems "honest and deftly wrought … crisp new work from a bright new seer."Finalists:
Lorna Dee Cervantes, director of the creative writing program at the University of Colorado (Boulder), has received many commendations, including the Lila Wallace Readers Digest Fund Writer's Award; two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships; a Pushcart Prize; the Latino Literature Prize and Paterson Poetry Prize; and the American Book Award for Emplumada.
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Lorna Dee Cervantes
In the 1970s Lorna Dee Cervantes became part of the new Chicano movement, which at the time was largely male. Interested in the conundrums of race and race relations--in part because her heritage was both Native American and Mexican--Cervantes became a publisher. In the mid-1970s she founded Mango Publications, a small press designed to publish the work of Chicano and Chicana writers. One outlet for this work was the little magazineMango. Receiving grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, she maintained her publications projects while she polished the craft of writing poetry. By the timeEmplumada,her first collection, appeared in 1981, she was widely published in little and Chicano magazines. When her collection won the 1982 American Book award, she was guaranteed prominence in the increasingly multicultural U.S. arts scene.
After Cervantes graduated from San Jose State University in 1984, she studied for four years as a graduate student in the history of consciousness program at the University of California at Santa Cruz. Itself a unique contribution to the interdisciplinary movement, this graduate program allowed students to combine specializations in the study of history, culture, literature, art, and politics. It led Cervantes into a number of avenues for her work, including the editing ofRed Dirt,a magazine of multicultural literature, and teaching creative writing at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Often anthologized, the poems of Cervantes make an explicit statement about race and sexuality.
Many of the themes from her first book reappear, but the new density of the metaphoric texture shows that Cervantes is no longer interested in creating too direct, or too simple, a commentary. Whereas several of theEmplumadapoems-"Beneath the Shadow of the Freeway" and "Poem for the Young White Man Who Asked Me How I, an Intelligent, Well-Read Person Could Believe in the War between Races"--set the tone for the keen expression of the Chicano movement, her later poetry focuses more intently on male-female relationships. Sexuality and its various powers seem to have usurped the battlefield of racial conflict. In "Beneath the Shadow of the Freeway" Cervantes had prefigured her later themes. Here the "soft" woman laments the loss of her lover, even as her magnificently eloquent mother tells her to live for herself. The poem pictures the matriarchs of the family, stanza by stanza, voicing their wisdom to the young protagonist. It is the grandmother who "trusts only what she builds / with her own hands. But she also has lived too many years with a man who has been waiting to kill her. Untold, but insistently paralleled, the concluding chapter of the protagonist's life haunts the reader. Playing against the stereotype of women's need to learn from their female ancestors in order to find wisdom, Cervantes creates a tapestry of affirmation and denial that shows the complex negotiations necessary for women within a culture on the other side of American prosperity.
"Lorna Dee Cervantes's Dialogic Imagination," inAnnales du Centre de Recherches sur l'Amerique Anglophone(Cedex, France), 18, 1993 , and "Bilingualism and Dialogism: Another Reading of Lorna Dee Cervantes's Poetry," in An Other Tongue: Nation and Ethnicity in the Linguistic Borderlands,edited by Alfred Arteaga, Durham, North Carolina, Duke University Press, 1994 , both by Ada Savin
"Divided Loyalties: Literal and Literary in the Poetry of Lorna Dee Cervantes, Cathy Song and Rita Dove" by Patricia Wallace, inMELUS(Amherst, Massachusetts),18(3), fall 1993
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