Felix Guadalupe Valdez Writing Series:
Poetry Reading by Lorna Dee Cervantes
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
John M. Pfau Library 4th floor PL-4005
A fifth generation Californian of Mexican and Native American (Chumash) heritage, Lorna Dee Cervantes was a pivotal figure throughout the Chicano literary movement. Cervantes is a dynamic poet whose work draws tremendous power from her struggles in the literary and political trenches. Cervantes’ poems have appeared in more than 150 textbooks, including mainstays such as The Norton Anthology of American Literature and The Heath Anthology of American Literature. Cervantes’ first book, Emplumada (University of Pittsburgh, 1981), a recipient of the American Book Award, was praised as “a seamless collection of poems that move back and forth between the gulf of desire and possibility.” She has received two National Endowment for the Arts poetry fellowships, a prestigious Lila Wallace Readers Digest Fellowship, two Pushcart Prizes and numerous other grants and awards.
The Felix Guadalupe Valdez Writing Series introduces CSUSB students to the best in creative writing by bringing in annually a nationally known writer. In addition, the best in student writing will be recognized with the publication of the selected student work in the Pacific Review, a literary journal produced by the CSUSB English department. The student will also be recognized and will read at the event.