Antonio López is a poetician working at the intersection of poetry, politics and social change. He has received literary scholarships to attend the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, Tin House, the Vermont Studio Center, and Bread Loaf. He is a proud member of the Macondo Writers Workshop and a CantoMundo Fellow. He holds degrees from Duke University, Rutgers-Newark, and the University of Oxford. He is pursuing a PhD in Modern Thought and Literature at Stanford University. His debut poetry collection, Gentefication, was selected by Gregory Pardlo as the winner of the 2019 Levis Prize in Poetry. As district representative for California State Senator Josh Becker, he serves as the liaison for the Latinx, veteran, and Muslim communities of State District 13. Antonio is currently fighting gentrification in his hometown as the newest and youngest council member for the City of East Palo Alto. www.barrioscribe.com
Updated July 2021
More from Antonio Lopez
Antonio Lopez, a John Lewis fellow, debuts his first poetry collection, Gentefication.
Antonio Lopez "Gentefication" - his debut poetry collection - is available for pre-orders.
Senior Fellow Antonio Lopez voted into East Palo Alto City Council
Senior Fellow Antonio Lopez was voted into the East Palo Alto City Council early November 2020. He is one of several democratic socialists who were able to win against well-funded incumbents across the Bay Area of California.
New Web Conversation with Reflections on Migration, Identity & Belonging
The idea behind our web conversations series is to take a topic critical to our work and ask Fellows, Senior Fellows, board members, staff members and friends of the organization to present talks, essays, images and suggested readings that deal with the subject.
The Memory of Hunger: A Response to Richard Rodríguez
In response to Richard Rodríguez, Fellow Antonio Lopez writes the poem "The Memory of Hunger" on the struggles of being Mexican outside of Mexico.
Las Chácharas I Carried (Translated from the Mexican)
Read John Lewis Fellow Antonio Lopez's latest poem Las Chácharas I Carried (Translated from the Mexican).
Las Chácharas they Carried
Read Fellow Antonio Lopez's latest poem, "Las Chácharas they Carried".
The First Time I was Called a Spic
Fellow Antonio Lopez traces an incident of racism through his family's history in this poem.
The Last Day My Father Spent in Mexico
2015 John Lewis Fellow Antonio Lopez writes a poem on his father's last day in Mexico before immigrating to the United States.
LARP (Latinx Access to Higher Education Recruitment Program)
Invites 50 out of state, low-income black and Latino middle school students in the hopes of instilling collegiate aspirations.
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