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Award-Winning Chicana, Native American, Feminist, Activist Poet

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Lorna Dee Cervantes is an award-winning Chicana, Native American (Chumash), feminist, activist poet who is considered one of the major Chicana poets of the past 40 years. She has been described by Alurista, as "probably the best Chicana poet active today."

Dee Cervantes was born in 1954 in California. She grew up in San Jose, speaking English exclusively. This was strictly enforced by her parents, who allowed only English to be spoken at home by her and her brother. This was to avoid the racism that was occurring in her community at that time.

She was an associate professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder until 2007. She considers herself "a Chicana writer, a feminist writer, a political writer." Her collections of poetry, "Emplumada," "From the Cable of Genocide, "Drive: The First Quartet" and "Ciento: 100 100-Word Love Poems" are held in high esteem and have attracted numerous nominations and awards.

In an interview conducted by Sonia V. Gonzalez, the poet states that through writing and publishing, “I was trying to give back that gift that had saved me when I discovered, again, African-American women’s poetry. I was having this vision of some little Chicana in San Antonio [Texas] going, scanning the shelves, like I used to do, scanning the shelves for women’s names, or Spanish surnames, hoping she’ll pull it out, relate to it. So it was intentionally accessible poetry, intended to bridge that gap, that literacy gap.”

Cervantes was actively involved in the publication of numerous Chicana/o writers from the 1970s onwards when she produced her own Chicana/o literary journal, MANGO, "which was the first to publish Sandra Cisneros, Jimmy Santiago Baca, Alberto Rios, Ray Gonzalez, Ronnie Burk, and Orlando Ramírez [co-editor]. Cervantes and MANGO also championed the early work of writers Gary Soto, José Montoya, José Montalvo, José Antonio Burciaga, and her personal favorite, Luís Omar Salinas."

Cervantes regularly gives poetry readings, workshops and guest lectures across the US. She was part of the Librotraficate Movement. The 2012 Librotraficante Caravan to Tucson was intended to smuggle books back into the hands of our youth, after they were boxed up and carted out of class rooms during class time, in order to comply with Arizona House Bill 2281. Cervantes delivered a moving speech to the Movement's supporters outside of the Alamo in March 2012.

The poet was one of seven featured writers to give a reading at the American Literature Association Conference held in San Francisco in May 2012. "Ciento: 100 100-Word Love Poems" was nominated for a Northern California Book Award in 2012 under the poetry category.

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Ciento: 100 100-Word Love Poems

Ciento: 100 100-Word Love Poems

Drive: The First Quartet: New Poems, 1980-2005

Drive: The First Quartet: New Poems, 1980-2005

From the Cables of Genocide: Poems on Love and Hunger

From the Cables of Genocide: Poems on Love and Hunger

Emplumada (Pitt Poetry Series)

Emplumada (Pitt Poetry Series)

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Award-Winning Chicana, Native American, Feminist, Activist Poet

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Lorna Dee Cervantes Biography

Lorna Dee Cervantes is an award-winning Chicana, Native American (Chumash), feminist, activist poet who is considered one of the major Chicana poets of the past 40 years. She has been described by Alurista, as "probably the best Chicana poet active today."

Dee Cervantes was born in 1954 in California. She grew up in San Jose, speaking English exclusively. This was strictly enforced by her parents, who allowed only English to be spoken at home by her and her brother. This was to avoid the racism that was occurring in her community at that time.

She was an associate professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder until 2007. She considers herself "a Chicana writer, a feminist writer, a political writer." Her collections of poetry, "Emplumada," "From the Cable of Genocide, "Drive: The First Quartet" and "Ciento: 100 100-Word Love Poems" are held in high esteem and have attracted numerous nominations and awards.

In an interview conducted by Sonia V. Gonzalez, the poet states that through writing and publishing, “I was trying to give back that gift that had saved me when I discovered, again, African-American women’s poetry. I was having this vision of some little Chicana in San Antonio [Texas] going, scanning the shelves, like I used to do, scanning the shelves for women’s names, or Spanish surnames, hoping she’ll pull it out, relate to it. So it was intentionally accessible poetry, intended to bridge that gap, that literacy gap.”

Cervantes was actively involved in the publication of numerous Chicana/o writers from the 1970s onwards when she produced her own Chicana/o literary journal, MANGO, "which was the first to publish Sandra Cisneros, Jimmy Santiago Baca, Alberto Rios, Ray Gonzalez, Ronnie Burk, and Orlando Ramírez [co-editor]. Cervantes and MANGO also championed the early work of writers Gary Soto, José Montoya, José Montalvo, José Antonio Burciaga, and her personal favorite, Luís Omar Salinas."

Cervantes regularly gives poetry readings, workshops and guest lectures across the US. She was part of the Librotraficate Movement. The 2012 Librotraficante Caravan to Tucson was intended to smuggle books back into the hands of our youth, after they were boxed up and carted out of class rooms during class time, in order to comply with Arizona House Bill 2281. Cervantes delivered a moving speech to the Movement's supporters outside of the Alamo in March 2012.

The poet was one of seven featured writers to give a reading at the American Literature Association Conference held in San Francisco in May 2012. "Ciento: 100 100-Word Love Poems" was nominated for a Northern California Book Award in 2012 under the poetry category.

Lorna Dee Cervantes Videos

  • An Evening of Poetry -- 3. Lorna Dee Cervantes - YouTube
  • Lorna Dee Cervantes @ The Librotraficante Banned Book Bash in ...
  • The Holloway Series in Poetry - LORNA DEE CERVANTES - YouTube

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  • How much does it cost to book Lorna Dee Cervantes?

    Booking fees for Lorna Dee Cervantes, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Lorna Dee Cervantes, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Lorna Dee Cervantes?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Lorna Dee Cervantes for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Lorna Dee Cervantes for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Lorna Dee Cervantes or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Lorna Dee Cervantes or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Lorna Dee Cervantes is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Lorna Dee Cervantes for your event is $5,000 - $10,000. Lorna Dee Cervantes generally travels from San Francisco, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Winona LaDuke, Suzan Shown Harjo, Chaske Spencer, Billy Mills and Tatanka Means. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Lorna Dee Cervantes for an upcoming event.

Lorna Dee Cervantes Speaker Videos

  • An Evening of Poetry -- 3. Lorna Dee Cervantes - YouTube
    Lorna Dee Cervantes @ The Librotraficante Banned Book Bash in ...
  • The Holloway Series in Poetry - LORNA DEE CERVANTES - YouTube

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