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Laurie Ann Guerrero, was born and raised in the Southside of San Antonio and received the Academy of American Poets Prize, among others, from Smith College. Winner of the 2012 Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize and a 2014 International Latino Book Award, her first full-length collection, A Tongue in the Mouth of the Dying, was selected by Francisco X. Alarcón and released by University of Notre Dame Press in 2013.  Her latest collection, A Crown for Gumecindo (2015) received the Helen C. Smith Award for Poetry. Guerrero holds a B.A. in English Language & Literature from Smith College and an MFA in poetry from Drew University. In 2014, Guerrero and was appointed by former mayor, Julian Castro, Poet Laureate of the city of San Antonio, the seventh largest city in the nation. Currently, Guerrero holds the title 2016 Poet Laureate of the State of Texas, appointed by the 84th legislature of her home state.