Laurie Ann Guerrero

"Laurie Ann Guerrero is a poet whose poems are interested in language as a method of recording creation and destruction ...poems (that) risk showing beauty where beauty has been overlooked. They uncover terror where we were afraid to look for it.... (Hers is) a body of many houses, languages, allegiances, histories, and it is this strikingly rendered complexity that makes it harder for us to dismiss one another, which is to say imagination and empathy are so often at the core of her poems, but butcher knives, too, are at the cores of her poems."
-Aracelis Girmay, author of Teeth and Kingdom Animalia

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, at Smith College. Winner of the 2012 Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize, her first full-length collection, A Tongue in the Mouth of the Dying, selected by Francisco X. Alarcón, was released by University of Notre Dame Press in 2013. Guerrero's poetry and critical work have appeared in Huizache, Texas Monthly, Bellevue Review, Women's Studies Quarterly, Global City Review, 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. Guerrero's chapbook, Babies under the Skin (2008), won the Panhandler Publishing Award, chosen by Naomi Shihab Nye. A CantoMundo fellow and member of the Macondo Writers' Workshop, Guerrero’s work has been highlighted in the LA Review of Books, The Poetry Foundation/Harriet Blog, and Poets & Writers Magazine, in which she was named one of ten top, emerging poets in 2013. Other honors include fellowships from the Alfredo Cisneros del Moral Foundation and the Artist Foundation of San Antonio. Guerrero lives and writes in the Southside of San Antonio.