Laurie Ann Guerrero, born and raised in the Southside of San Antonio, is the author of four 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), and New & Selected: I Have Eaten the Rattlesnake (Texas Christian University Press, 2020).
Poets & Writers Magazine named Guerrero one of 10 top debut poets in 2014. Her work has received various awards including the Panhandler Chapbook Award, Andres Montoya Poetry Prize from the Institute of Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame, the Helen C. Smith Award for poetry from the Texas Institute of Letters, an International Latino Book Award, and has been listed as must-read works of Chicano literature. 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 of San Antonio, 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 holds a B.A. in English Language & Literature from Smith College and an MFA in poetry from Drew University. She is the Writer-in-Residence at Texas A&M University-San Antonio and is at work on a collection of mixed-media poems & essays.
I HAVE EATEN THE RATTLESNAKE:
NEW & SELECTED
POEMS BY LAURIE ANN GUERRERO
TEXAS CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY PRESS
photo by Liv Garcés
2014-16 POET LAUREATE OF San Antonio
2016-17 POET LAUREATE OF TEXAS
LAURIE ANN GUERRERO