R266. State Poets Laureate of Color: West, East, and Gulf Coast Womanist Reflections

Room 214A, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Thursday, March 5, 2020
3:20 pm to 4:35 pm


Award-winning women of color multigenre writers, educators, and diverse arts advocates/organizers from Texas, Oregon, Delaware, and Washington will share insights from their recent experiences serving as state poets laureate in their home territories. Intersectional lessons learned from navigating tribal/national/state political, institutional, economic, and logistical challenges will be shared, bolstering democratic civic engagement and multicultural arts advocacy efforts in 2020 and beyond.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP20_Bodhran_SPLOC_Outline1.pdf



Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhrán, an NEA and Tulsa Artist Fellow, is a multimedia artist and author of Antes y después del Bronx: Lenapehoking and South Bronx Breathing Lessons. He edited Yellow Medicine Review's global queer Indigenous issue and co-edited Movement Research Performance Journal's Native issue.

Dr. Carmen Tafolla, state poet laureate of Texas, first city poet laureate of San Antonio, and currently president of the Texas Institute of Letters, is the author of 30 books and recipient of the Americas Award, five International Latino Book Awards, a Charlotte Zolotow, and the Art of Peace Award.

Elizabeth Woody writes poetry, short fiction, essays, and is a visual artist. She received a 1990 American Book Award and 1994 discretionary William Stafford Award for Poetry from the NW Booksellers Association. See her complete list of publications on her Wikipedia entry.

JoAnn Balingit writes on multiracial identity, the natural world, motherhood and being an immigrant’s daughter. She's held fellowships from Hedgebrook, VONA, and Bread Loaf Writers. An arts education advocate, she teaches poetry in schools and nonprofits and was Delaware's poet laureate 2008 to 2015.

Claudia Castro Luna is WA State Poet Laureate and winner of the Academy of American Poets' first Poets Laureate Fellowship. She served as Seattle's first Civic Poet (2015-2017) Publications include This City, Killing Marias, and Seattle Poetic Grid, a digital project. She also writes nonfiction.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center