Lorna Dee Cervantes was born in 1954. She is the author of From the Cables of Genocide: Poems on Love and Hunger (Arte Público Press, 1991) and Emplumada (1981), which won an American Book Award. She is also co-editor of Red Dirt, a cross-cultural poetry journal, and her work has been included in many anthologies including Unsettling America: An Anthology of Contemporary Multicultural Poetry (eds. Maria Mazziotti Gillan and Jennifer Gillan, 1994), No More Masks! An Anthology of Twentieth-Century Women Poets (ed. Florence Howe, 1993), and After Aztlan: Latino Poets of the Nineties (ed. Ray González, 1992). In 1995 she received a Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Writers' Award. She lives in Boulder, Colorado. From The Academy of American Poets


"Bird Ave"

"Poem for the Young White Man Who Asked Me How I, an Intelligent, Well-Read Person Could Believe in the War Between Races "

"Freeway 280" (text & audio)

Some Poems

"California Plum"

"Poet's Progress"

"Summer Ends Too Soon" (text; video)

"To We Who Were Saved by the Stars"

"Visions of Mexico While at a Writing Symposium in Port Townsend, Washington"

"Frank Sonata By Candlelight" & "Love of My Flesh, Living Death"

10 Seven-Minute Poems


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