Francisco X. Alarcón

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Francisco X. Alarcón
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Francisco X. Alarcón
Born (1954-02-21) February 21, 1954 (age 60)
Wilmington, California
Language Spanish; English
Nationality United States
Alma mater California State University, Long Beach;
Stanford University
Genres Poetry
Notable award(s) 1993 American Book Award

Francisco Xavier Alarcón (born 21 February 1954 Wilmington, California) is an American poet and educator.

Life[edit]

He moved to Guadalajara, Mexico, when he was 6. He graduated from California State University, Long Beach, and Stanford University.[1] He and fellow poets Juan Pablo Gutierrez and Rodrigo Reyes founded Las Cuarto Espinas, the first gay Chicano poets collective, in 1985.[2]

He teaches at the University of California, Davis,[3] and is the co-author of Mundo 21, a Spanish-language method published by Cengage Learning.[4][5]

In response to a group of students chaining themselves to the Arizona State Capitol on April 20, 2010, to protest the anti-immigrant legislation Arizona SB 1070, Alarcón penned the poem "For the Capitol Nine" and posted it to his Facebook page.[6] Prompted by the response to this poem, he created a Facebook group called "Poets Responding to SB 1070", which grew to include over 1200 poems and received over 600,000 hits.[7] An anthology of poems from the group is being prepared for publication.[8]

Alarcón judged the 2012 Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize.[9]

Awards[edit]

  • 1984 Chicano Literary Prize for poetry.[10]
  • 1993 American Book Award[11]
  • 1993 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award
  • 1997 Pura Belpré Honor Award by the American Library Association
  • 1998 Carlos Pellicer-Robert Frost Poetry Honor Award by the Third Binational Border Poetry Contest, Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua.
  • 2002 Pura Belpré Honor Award, Danforth and Fulbright fellowships
  • 2002 Fred Cody Lifetime Achievement Award from the Bay Area Book Reviewers Association (BABRA)

Works[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kathleen Holder (April 14, 2000). "A poet who writes tattoos". Dateline UC Davis. 
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ "Francisco Alarcón: Spanish and Portuguese at UC Davis". University of California, Davis. Retrieved 9 January 2013. 
  4. ^ Cherry, Charles Maurice (1997). "Rev. of Mundo 21". The Modern Language Journal 81 (2): 277–78. 
  5. ^ Gebel, Terri A. (2002). "Rev. of Mundo 21". The Modern Language Journal 86 (3): 478–79. 
  6. ^ Jackson, Crista (12 September 2012). "Protest poetry: A call to arms". The State Press. Retrieved 9 January 2013. 
  7. ^ Browning, Sarah (June 2011). "You Are My Mirror". Sojourners. Retrieved 9 January 2013. 
  8. ^ Browning, Sarah (November–December 2011). "The Power of Poetry". Utne Reader (168): 87. 
  9. ^ "University of Notre Dame Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize | Poets & Writers". Pw.org. 2012-01-15. Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  10. ^ "Chicano/Latino Literary Prize - History". hnet.uci.edu. 2006. Retrieved 9 January 2013. 
  11. ^ "Francisco X. Alarcón". The Poetry Foundation. Retrieved January 10, 2013. 

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