A fifth generation Californian of Mexican and Native American (Chumash) heritage, Lorna Dee Cervantes was born on August 6, 1954, in San Francisco, and raised in San Jose.
She is the author of From the Cables of Genocide: Poems on Love and Hunger (Arte Público Press, 1991) and Emplumada (1981), which won an American Book Award.
She is also co-editor of Red Dirt, a cross-cultural poetry journal, and her work has been included in many anthologies including Unsettling America: An Anthology of Contemporary Multicultural Poetry (eds. Maria Mazziotti Gillan and Jennifer Gillan, 1994), No More Masks! An Anthology of Twentieth-Century Women Poets (ed. Florence Howe, 1993), and After Aztlan: Latino Poets of the Nineties (ed. Ray González, 1992).
In 1995 she received a Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Writers' Award.
for Mahmoud Darwish
“We travel like other people, but we return to nowhere.../ .../ We have a country of words. Speak. Speak so we may know the end of this travel.” (from We Travel like Other People, the lines quoted are from his poem “Psalm 2”)
a country you carry in your pocket
©2001, Lorna Dee Cervantes