Ms. Angela C Trudell Vasquez

Wisconsin, United States

Member Since: 04/01/2013

Angie Trudell Vasquez is a poet, writer and social justice activist originally from Iowa. While living in Seattle, WA, she was a member of the literary arts group, Los Nortenos and produced many literary art shows for the group. She was a Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship finalist in 1995 as an undergraduate at Drake University. In 2003 she was a featured reader at Bumbershoot, Seattle’s Music & Arts Festival held annually.  Her poetry, essays and op-eds have appeared in print, online and on stage in the Pacific Northwest, the Midwest and internationally. In Milwaukee, WI she was the featured poet for the Latina Monologues from 2009 to 2011. She received her MFA in creative writing specifically poetry in May 2017 from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She has written three books of poetry, and is beginning her fourth collection and starting a memoir. Her work can be found most recently in the Taos Journal of Poetry, The Yellow Medicine Review, the Raven Chronicles and on the Poetry Foundation's website.. Also a teacher of poetry she has presented at Split This Rock, taught for the Speakeasy Project, and did an art installation with Arts Literature and Laboratory in Madison, Wisconsin in collaboration with the physics department at the University of Wisconsin weaving dark matter, mental health and poetry into an interactive exhibit with teens. Her latest collection, In Light, Always Light came out in May 2019 from Finishing Line Press. She was a finalist for their New Women's Voices Series in 2018. She co edited the Spring 2019 edition of the Yellow Medicine Review. On January 20, 2020 she was named the Madison Poet Laureate and is the first Latina to hold the position. Her fourth collection of poetry, My People Redux,  is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press.



  • The Force Your Face Carries , ART NIGHT BOOKS (self published) (2005)
  • Love in War Time , ART NIGHT BOOKS (self published) (2013)
  • In Light, Always Light , Finishing Line Press (May 2019)


  • Ruth Lily Fellowship finalist(1995)
  • Voices Award from Planned Parenthood(2013)


  • Madison Poet Laureate at City of Madison, Wisconsin (January 2020 - December 2021)


  • Bachelor of Arts in English & Poetry from Drake University (May 1996)
  • Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing - Poetry from Institute of American Indian Arts (May 2017)

Genres of Interest

Fiction, Creative nonfiction, Poetry