Lorna Dee Cervantes
Lorna Dee Cervantes is an internationally acclaimed Chicana poet from San José, California.
poetry has appeared in well over 200 anthologies and textbooks, including the Norton Anthologies
of Modern, American, English, Contemporary & Women's Poetry.
The recipient of many honors, awards and 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 and the Latino Literature Award.
next book came from Wings Press
DRIVE: The First Quartet, (2006), which received the International Latino Book Award.
most recent book is Ciento: 100 100-Word Love Poems.
Sueño will be published in September, 2013.
gave the University of California at Berkeley's
Holloway Series reading on January 26, 2012:
Lorna Dee Cervantes
has performed her
poetry twice at the Library of Congress
, and presented at the Walker Arts Center
, The Dodge Poetry Festival
, New York YMCA
, Wellesley, and numerous other venues, university & college campuses in the US, Mexico, Spain & Colombia.
A fifth generation Californian of Californio and Native American (Chumash) heritage, Lorna Dee Cervantes
was a pivotal figure throughout the Chicano literary movement.
On July 4th, 1976, she
founded the influential small press and Chicano literary journal, MANGO
, which was the first to publish Sandra Cisneros, Jimmy Santiago Baca, Alberto Rios, Ray Gonzalez, Ronnie Burk, and Orlando Ramírez (co-editor).
and MANGO also championed the early work of writers Gary Soto, José Montoya, José Montalvo, José Antonio Burciaga, and Luís Omar Salinas.
Cervantes is a dynamic poet whose work draws tremendous power from her struggles in the literary and political trenches.
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 has been interviewed at length in the Michigan Quarterly Review (Fall 2003) and World Literature Today
poetry has appeared in literally hundreds of literary magazines.
Awarded a prestigious Lila Wallace-Readers Digest Award for her
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.
is the recipient of two NEA Fellowship Grants for poetry, several California and Colorado State grants, and two Pushcart Prizes for Best Poem.
After completing her doctoral work in History of Consciousness at UCSC, Cervantes was an associate professor of English for nineteen years and Director of Creative Writing at the University of Colorado in Boulder until she returned to her birthplace, San Francisco.
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