Lorna Dee Cervantes

b. 1954
Lorna Dee Cervantes

Born in San Francisco, California, to Native American and Mexican parents, Lorna Dee Cervantes began writing poetry as a child and won the American Book Award for her first volume, Emplumada (1981). Its poems, which detailed her coming-of-age as a writer and her complex relationship to her heritage, heralded the arrival of a major new Chicana voice. Subsequent work has explored her identity as a feminist and the politics of personal interactions. Long active as an editor and publisher, Cervantes is a professor at the University of Colorado.

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