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Francisco X. Alarcón (b. 1954)

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Francisco X. Alarcón, Chicano poet and educator, was born in Wilmington, California, in 1954. As a child, he lived in Guadalajara, Mexico, and ever since he was 18 years old he has been living in California. He is the author of ten volumes of poetry, including No Golden Gate for Us (Tesuque, NM: Pennywhistle Press, 1993), Snake Poems: An Aztec Invocation (San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 1992), Poemas Zurdos (Mexico City: Editorial Factor, 1992), De amor oscuro/Of Dark Love (Santa Cruz: Moving Parts Press, 1991), Body in Flames/Cuerpo en llamas (Chronicle Books, l990), Loma Prieta (Santa Cruz: We Press, l990), Quake Poems (We Press, 1989), Tattoos (Oakland: Nomad Press, 1985), and Ya Vas, Carnal (San Francisco: Humanizarte Press, 1985). Two of his books have been translated into Gaelic in Ireland, Cuerpo en llamas/Colainn ar bharr lasrach (Indreabhán, Ireland: Cló Iar-Connachta Teo, 1992), and De amor oscuro/Vin an ngrá dorcha (Cló Iar-Connachta Teo, 1992). Another book was also translated into Swedish, Cuerpo en llamas/Kropp i lågor (Lysekil, Sweden: Fabians Förlag, 1991).

His book of bilingual poetry for children titled Laughing Tomatoes and Other Spring Poems/Jitomates risueños y otros poemas de primavera (Children's Book Press, 1997) was awarded the 1997 Pura Belpré Honor Award by the American Library Association and the National Parenting Publications Gold Medal. He also received the 2000 Pura Belpré Honor Award for From the Bellybutton of the Moon and Other Summer Poems/Del ombligo de la luna y otros poemas de verano (Children's Book Press 1998). His most recent book is another collection of bilingual poetry for children, Angels Ride Bikes and Other Fall Poems/Los ángeles andan en bicicleta y otros poemas de otoño (Children's Book Press 1999). He is member of the nonprofit Board of Directors of Children Book Press that has published multicultural books for children for more than 25 years in San Francisco, California.

Francisco has been a recipient of the Danforth and Fulbright fellowships, and has been awarded several literary prizes, including the 1998 Carlos Pellicer-Robert Frost Poetry Honor Award by the Third Binational Border Poetry Contest, Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, 1993 American Book Award, the 1993 Pen Oakland Josephine Miles Award, and the 1984 Chicano Literary Prize. He has published several textbooks for teaching Spanish at the college and high school level: Mundo 21, Houghton Mifflin), Pasaporte al Mundo 21 , Tu Mundo, and Nuestro Mundo (McDougal Littel). He co-edited with Prof. Cecilia Colombi a volume of essays for teaching Spanish to native speakers, La enseñanza de español a hispanohablantes: praxis y teoría (Houghton Mifflin 1997).

He has co-edited a poetry anthology: "Chicanas y Chicanos en Diálogo", Quarry West 23 (UCSC, 1989). I have been editor of several literary magazines and journals: Vórtice (Stanford University), El Tecolote Literario, Humanizarte, and Out/Look (San Francisco). I am presently a contributing editor of ZYZZYVA, Poetry USA,Quarry West and New Chicana/o Writing (University of Arizona). His poetry has appeared in several magazines and journals: Ventana Abierta (University of California, Santa Barbara), The Americas Review (University of Houston, Texas), The Guadalupe Review (San Antonio, Texas), The Bloomsbury Review (Boulder, CO), Red Dirt (Boulder, CO), The James White Review (Minneapolis), Poetry Flash (Berkeley), ZYZZYVA (San Francisco), Alcatraz (Santa Cruz), Confluencia (University of Northen Colorado), Plural (Mexico City), The Berkeley Poetry Review (Berkeley, CA), Metamorfosis (University of Washington, Seattle), Five Fingers Review (Berkeley), La Opinión (Los Angeles), Revista Mujeres and TWANAS (UCSC).

His writings have also been anthologized in books: Los vasos comunicantes: antología de poesía chicana (Madrid, Spain: Huerga & Fierro Editores, 1999); Virgins, Guerrillas and Locas: Gay Latinos Writing about Love (San Francisco: Cleis Press, 1999); Chicano/Latino Homoerotic Identities (New York and London: Garland Publishing, 1999); La voz urgente: anotlogía de la literatura chicana en español (Madrid, Spain: Editorial Fundamentos, 1995); Paper Dance: 55 Latino Poets (New York: Persea Books, 1994); Currents from the Dancing River: Contemporary Latino Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry (San Diego/New York/London: Harcourt Brace, 1994); After Aztlán: Latino Poets of the Nineties (Boston: David R. Godine, 1992); Without Discovery: A Native Response to Columbus (Seattle, WA: Broken Moon Press, 1992); New Chicana/Chicano Writing (Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 1992); Best New Chicano Literature 1989 (Tempe: Bilingual Press, l989); Lighthouse Point: An Anthology of Santa Cruz Writers (Soquel, CA: M Press, 1987); Jauja (Englood Cliff, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1987); Practising Angels: Contemporary Anthology of San Francisco Bay Area Poetry (San Francisco: Seismograph Publications, 1986); Palabra Nueva: Poesía Chicana (El Paso, TX: Dos Pasos Editores, 1985); Palabra Nueva: Cuentos Chicanos (The University of Texas at El Paso: Texas Western Press, 1984).

He did his undergraduate studies at California State University, Long Beach, and his graduate studies at Stanford University. He currently teaches at the University of California, Davis, where he directs the Spanish for Native Speakers Program.

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