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, a collaboration with visual artist, Maceo Montoya, was released by Aztlan Libre Press in the spring of 2015 and received the 2016 Helen C. Smith Award for poetry from the Texas Institute of Letters.
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. She is a CantoMundo alum and member of the Macondo Writers' Workshop.
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. In May of 2015, Guerrero was appointed the 2016 Poet Laureate of the State of Texas by the 84th legislature of Texas.
Guerrero has been a featured reader and lecturer at various institutions including Yale University, New York University, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Smith College, Texas State University, University of Massachusetts-Darmouth, University of California-Davis, Vanderbilt University, Fordham University, Northwestern University, Dodge Poetry Festival, Poetry at Round Top, among many others. She has held residencies at Alma de Mujer Center for Social Change in Austin, Texas, Baruch College in New York City, Palo Alto College in San Antonio, Letras Latinas in Washington, D.C., and most recently at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center in San Antonio. Guerrero's work has appeared in Poetry, Indiana Review, Luna Luna, Huizache, Texas Monthly, Bellevue Review, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Women's Studies Quarterly, Texas Observer, Chicana/Latina Studies, Feminist Studies and others. Guerrero holds a B.A. in English Language & Literature from Smith College and an MFA in poetry from Drew University. She is currently the Writer-in-Residence at Texas A&M University-San Antonio and is at work on a collection of essays.
Laurie Ann Guerrero
photo by Mathew Mahon
2014-2016 Poet Laureate of San Antonio 2016-2017 Poet Laureate of Texas
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"A Tongue in the Mouth of the Dying"... is a collection about war, though not in the sense of traditional combat. Laurie Ann Guerrero’s first book, and winner of the Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize, presents the speaker as a soldier of sorts—exposing the war between white and brown, woman and nation, poet and self....But victimhood, in this context, is not a landscape the speaker inhabits for any significant length of time. To put it frankly, homegirl is ready to fight."
-Niki Herd for Post No Ills