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Naomi Quinonez

Naomi Helena Quiñonez is a poet, educator and activist. She is the author of three collections of poetry, Hummingbird Dream/Sueño de Colibri, The Smoking Mirror and Exiled Moon. She edited several critical and literary publications including Invocation L.A: Urban Multicultural Poetry, which won the American Book Award, Decolonial Voices and Caminos Magazine. She co-founded the Bay Area Librotraficante network, is a founding member of the Los Angeles Barrio Writer’s Workshop and she offers poetry and literacy workshops in the Bay Area including the Women’s Cancer Resource Center in Oakland, and new moon writing workshops for Bay Area women of color. In addition to holding a PhD in American History and contributing to the scholarship of Latino/as and women of color, Quiñonez is part of a larger genre of U.S. writers of color and has appeared in programs with Quincy Troupe, Octavia Butler and Luis Rodriguez. Her work has appeared in many publications including the Colorado Review, Infinite Divisions and From Totems to Hip Hop. She is a recent recipient of the Berkeley Lifetime Achievement Award, a Rockefeller Fellowship, the American Book Award and a California Arts Grant. She is featured in Notable Hispanic Women and the Dictionary of Literary Biography.