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A Night with Texas Poet Laureate Laurie Ann Guerrero

San Antonio poet Laurie Ann Guerrero will express and explore your intersectional Women’s History Month feelings at a reading at A&M University this week. A former Poet Laureate of the Alamo City and currently in the same role for the state, Guerrero is a native of the Southside and Literary Arts Director for the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center. She chooses her words carefully and you’ll be hanging on every one of them, as I was when I watched her TEDxSanAntonio presentation about what our city taught her. She doesn’t shy away from the good, the bad or the ugly. “The wide open space of the page,” she said, always offered her a place to explore and speak. “This [was] very important to little girl me, in a city divided by class, a neighborhood divided by race, and in school and a home divided by gender.” Her work is not only about expression, just as Women’s History Month is not only about remembering. Guerrero’s poetry is about activism and pushing toward further progress. “Exploring oneself, one’s community, one’s nation through the art of writing prods one to mindfulness and compassion,” she said. “It’s the kind of empowerment needed for change-making.” Join this “homegirl [who’s] ready to fight” for a reading, reception and book signing.

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