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Lorna Dee Cervantes

Award-Winning Voice in Chicana Literature, Feminist & Activist Poet

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 Lorna Dee Cervantes Biography

One of the major voices in Chicana literature, poet Lorna Dee Cervantes’s writing evokes and explores cultural difference—between Mexican, Anglo, Native American, and African American lives—as well as the divides of gender and economics. Born in San Francisco in 1954 to Mexican and Native American ancestry, Cervantes was discouraged from speaking Spanish at home in an attempt to protect her from the racism prevalent at that time; this loss of language and subsequent inability to fully identify with her heritage fueled her later poetry.

By the age of fifteen she had compiled her first collection of poetry. In 1974 she traveled to Mexico City with her brother, who played with the Theater of the People of San Jose at the Quinto Festival de los Teatros Chicanos. At the last moment, Cervantes was asked to participate by reading some of her poetry. She chose to read a portion of “Refugee Ship,” a poem that enacts the major dilemma of being Chicano—feeling adrift between two cultures. This reading received much attention and appeared in a Mexican newspaper, as well as other journals and reviews. The poem was later included in her award-winning debut, "Emplumada." Cervantes’ life was tragically transformed when her mother was brutally killed in 1982. This incident and Cervantes’s subsequent mourning and rebuilding of her life, affected her next work, "From the Cables of Genocide: Poems of Love and Hunger."

Cervantes has been much anthologized—most notably in multiples volumes of the Norton Anthology—and has been the recipient of many honors and awards, including a Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Award, the Paterson Prize for Poetry and a Latino Literature Award. She is director of the creative writing program at the University of Colorado-Boulder.

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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 Voice in Chicana Literature, Feminist & Activist Poet

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Lorna Dee Cervantes Biography

One of the major voices in Chicana literature, poet Lorna Dee Cervantes’s writing evokes and explores cultural difference—between Mexican, Anglo, Native American, and African American lives—as well as the divides of gender and economics. Born in San Francisco in 1954 to Mexican and Native American ancestry, Cervantes was discouraged from speaking Spanish at home in an attempt to protect her from the racism prevalent at that time; this loss of language and subsequent inability to fully identify with her heritage fueled her later poetry.

By the age of fifteen she had compiled her first collection of poetry. In 1974 she traveled to Mexico City with her brother, who played with the Theater of the People of San Jose at the Quinto Festival de los Teatros Chicanos. At the last moment, Cervantes was asked to participate by reading some of her poetry. She chose to read a portion of “Refugee Ship,” a poem that enacts the major dilemma of being Chicano—feeling adrift between two cultures. This reading received much attention and appeared in a Mexican newspaper, as well as other journals and reviews. The poem was later included in her award-winning debut, "Emplumada." Cervantes’ life was tragically transformed when her mother was brutally killed in 1982. This incident and Cervantes’s subsequent mourning and rebuilding of her life, affected her next work, "From the Cables of Genocide: Poems of Love and Hunger."

Cervantes has been much anthologized—most notably in multiples volumes of the Norton Anthology—and has been the recipient of many honors and awards, including a Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Award, the Paterson Prize for Poetry and a Latino Literature Award. She is director of the creative writing program at the University of Colorado-Boulder.

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  • An Evening of Poetry -- 3. Lorna Dee Cervantes
    A fifth-generation Californian of Mexican and Native American (Chumash) heritage, Lorna Dee Cervantes has been a pivotal figure throughout the [email protected]
  • Lorna Dee Cervantes @ The Librotraficante Banned Book Bash in San...
    LIBROTRAFICANTEs SMUGGLED 1,000 BOOKS, worth $20,000, TO ARIZONA, Launching 4 Underground Libraries in the Process. Phase II begins today.
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    LORNA DEE CERVANTES is an internationally acclaimed poet. Recipient of the Lila Wallace/Readers Digest Writers Award, 2 NEA Fellowship Grants, 2...

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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 between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking 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 Gyasi Ross, Leslie Marmon Silko, Staceyann Chin, Suzan Shown Harjo and Dolores Huerta. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Lorna Dee Cervantes for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Lorna Dee Cervantes Speaker Videos

  • An Evening of Poetry -- 3. Lorna Dee Cervantes
    A fifth-generation Californian of Mexican and Native American (Chumash) heritage, Lorna Dee Cervantes has been a pivotal figure throughout the [email protected] literary movement, notably with "Mango", her...
    Lorna Dee Cervantes @ The Librotraficante Banned Book Bash in San Antonio
    LIBROTRAFICANTEs SMUGGLED 1,000 BOOKS, worth $20,000, TO ARIZONA, Launching 4 Underground Libraries in the Process. Phase II begins today.
  • The Holloway Series in Poetry - LORNA DEE CERVANTES
    LORNA DEE CERVANTES is an internationally acclaimed poet. Recipient of the Lila Wallace/Readers Digest Writers Award, 2 NEA Fellowship Grants, 2 Pushcart Prizes (another nominated this year) &...

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