Francisco X. Alarcón

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Francisco X. Alarcón
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
Genre Poetry
Notable awards 1993 American Book Award

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


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]


  • 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)



  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. doi:10.2307/328818. 
  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". 2012-01-15. Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  10. ^ "Chicano/Latino Literary Prize - History". 2006. Retrieved 9 January 2013. 
  11. ^ "Francisco X. Alarcón". The Poetry Foundation. Retrieved January 10, 2013. 

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