SALINA – Laurie Ann Guerrero will be the third poet in the 2018 Salina Poetry Series. She will read on Tuesday, April 17 at 7 p.m. in Salina Public Library’s Prescott Room. General admission to the poetry series is $5 and $3.50 for students. A reception will follow the reading at SPARK Artist Resource Exchange, 146 S. Santa Fe.
Guerrero was born and raised in the Southside of San Antonio, Texas, and was named Poet Laureate of the City of San Antonio in 2014 by former mayor, Julián Castro. Recently, she was appointed Texas State Poet Laureate for 2016. Her first full-length collection, “A Tongue in the Mouth of the Dying,” was selected by Francisco X. Alarcón as winner of the 2012 Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize and published by the University of Notre Dame Press in 2013. Guerrero holds a B.A. in English Language & Literature from Smith College and an M.F.A. in Poetry from Drew University. She is the inaugural poet-in-residence at Palo Alto College in San Antonio and continues to live and write in her hometown.
Rachel Larson will introduce Laurie Ann Guerrero. A fifth-generation Tescott native, Larson holds a B.F.A. from the University of Kansas and is a M.Ed. candidate for Emporia State University. She teaches high school Spanish at USD 240. Her series of watercolors based on the Chinese five elements will be on display July 1 at Peaceful Body Wellness, Salina.
The Spring Poetry Series is sponsored by Salina Public Library and Salina Arts and Humanities Council. The series celebrates National Poetry Month with a poet performance every Tuesday in April. The final poet in the series will be Kathryn Nuernberger on April 24.