Bernice Zamora

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Bernice B. Ortiz Zamora (born 1938) is a Chicana poet, "one of the preeminent poets to emerge from the Chicano movement of the 1960s and 1970s".[1][2] She received a B.A. from Southern Colorado State College and, in 1986, her Ph.D. from Stanford University. Her first collection of poetry, Restless Serpents, was jointly published in 1979 with José Antonio Burciaga.[3] She has taught at Santa Clara University since 1990.


  • Restless Serpents (1979)
  • Releasing Serpents (1994)
  • Bellow (1997)
  • Recalling Richard (1997)
  • "Contraries" (1998)
  • "Glint" (1998)
  • "Silence at Bay," in Máscaras (1997)


  1. ^ Ruiz, Vicki L.; Sanchez Korroll, Virginia, eds. (2006), "Zamora, Bernice B. Ortiz (1938-)", Latinas in the United States: A Historical Encyclopedia, Indiana University Press, pp. 818–819, ISBN 978-0-253-34680-3
  2. ^ Cheuse, Alan (October 11, 1981). "The Voice of the Chicano". The New York Times.
  3. ^ "Voices from the Gaps: Bernice Zamora". University of Minnesota. Retrieved June 16, 2012.

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