Nearly all the literary work of Lorna Dee Cervantes (sur-VAHN-tehz) is poetry. She was the founder and editor of Mango Publications, which published the literary review Mango, and she also founded and has edited the literary magazine Red Dirt.
Lorna Dee Cervantes’s first collection of poems, Emplumada, won the American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation in 1982. Her second collection, From the Cables of Genocide, won the Paterson Poetry Prize and the Latino Literature Award and was nominated for a National Book Award in 1992. In 1995, she received the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Writers’ Award. Drive was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in poetry and won the Balcones Poetry Prize (2006). Cervantes has also been named Outstanding Chicana Scholar by the National Association of Chicano Scholars.
Candelaria, Cordelia. Chicano Poetry: A Critical Introduction. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1986. In an early evaluation of Cervantes’s poetry, Candelaria writes that Emplumada reveals a “fresh, forceful, and multifaceted” talent and places her work in the third and final phase of Chicano poetry, after protest poetry and the development of a “Chicano poetics.”
Harris-Fonseca, Amanda Nolocea. “Lorna Dee Cervantes.” In Latino and Latina Writers, edited by Alan West-Duran et al. Vol. 1. New York: Scribner’s, 2004. Harris-Fonseca provides a detailed discussion of Cervantes’s first two collections of poetry and the differences between them, with analyses of several key poems.
“Lorna Dee Cervantes.” In After Aztlán: Latino Poets of the Nineties, edited by Ray González. Boston: David R. Godine, 1993. Contains a section providing a basic biography of the poet and analysis of her works, and also places her among other Latino poets.
“Lorna Dee Cervantes.” In The Bloomsbury Guide to Women’s Literature, edited by Claire Buck. New York: Prentice Hall, 1992. This entry provides basic information on Cervantes’s life and works, while placing her in the feminist context.
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