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Octavio Quintanilla

As of April 1, San Antonio has its second poet laureate in Laurie Ann Guerrero.

"I’m the new poet laureate of San Antonio, and I’m working on a new book,” she said.

Guerrero is just getting used to the new title and the work that it entails, and she has plans for how she wants to go about doing it. Priority one:

“Getting poetry into the hands of our youth" she said. "And what I want to do is use different avenues to do that -- media, events. I kind of want to bombard the city with poems. Inspiration. Comfort.”

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Carmen Tafolla, San Antonio's first poet laureate, will hand off her duties to her successor when his or her identity is announced today, April 1. 

Over the weekend Tafolla starred in a stellar compilation of poems that, together, tell the story of San Antonio's rich culture -- from Latino humor to gospel music and everything in between.   

"San Antonio, Mi Pueblo," a play of locally-themed performance poetry and original music, played to a packed house at Guadalupe Theater Saturday night. 

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Carmen Tafolla, San Antonio’s first poet laureate, is nearing the end of her time in the position, and as I found from talking to her, there’s no rest for the weary.

“Right now I’m still working away, scripting on a fantastic performance piece that is actually the last of the poet laureate signature series, and it’s March 29,” Tafolla said.

She will be joined onstage at the event by several other San Antonio poets and musicians.

Fresh Air's classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz is also a poet. He recently published a poem about friendship and loss on Poets.org. It's titled "To My Oldest Friend, Whose Silence Is Like A Death:"

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Carmen Tafolla’s run as San Antonio’s Poet Laureate is coming to an end soon, and she's being honored by the city in an unusual way. Seven San Antonio filmmakers were selected to create short films based on seven of Tafolla's poems.

“We feel that this is a great opportunity to combine poetry and film in a new manner,” said the city's Special Projects Manager Sebastian Guajardo.

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