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South Side's own Laurie Ann Guerrero, a rising star in poetry circles, has been tasked with reviving the literary arts program at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center.
Guerrero was already connected to the Guadalupe through her involvement with the renowned Macondo Writers' Workshop, which Sandra Cisneros founded and then put it in the Guadalupe's hands in 2013.
Now officially joining the center's staff as Literary Arts Director/Writer-in-Residence, Guerrero will look to establish new initiatives and programs, as well as tap into giving aspiring writers a chance to prove themselves.
"My goal is to provide the tools, the encouragement and the safety that allows for discovery and then the raising of the voices in our community," Guerrero said in a news release.
She made it clear the purpose will be to make a strong link between the literary arts and political activism.
"Exploring oneself, one's community, one's nation through the art of writing prods one to mindfulness and compassion," she said. "It's the kind of empowerment needed for change-making."
The Guadalupe's leader welcomed Guerrero with open arms, undoubtedly seeing the move as raising the center's profile.
"She's a recognized poet with a track record of working with communities and empowering women and young people through the craft of writing," said executive director Jerry Ruiz.
Guerrero was appointed Poet Laureate of San Antonio last year by former mayor Julián Castro and she's slated to serve the same post but for the whole state of Texas next year.
Her first book of poems, A Tongue in the Mouth of the Dying, was published two years ago. And this year she published her latest collection, A Crown for Gumecindo. She was named of the country's top 10 new poets last year by Poets & Writers magazine.
She starts her new post at the Guadalupe on August 24.