Born and raised in the East Palo Alto, CA Antonio López received his B.A. in Global Cultural Studies and African & African-American studies from Duke University. He’s received scholarships to attend the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, the Home School, Tin House Summer Workshop, the Key West Literary Seminar, and the Vermont Studio Center. He is a proud member of the Macondo Writers Workshop, a CantoMundo Fellow, and a 2019 Adroit Summer Mentor. His nonfiction has been featured or is forthcoming in PEN/America, The Latino Book Review, and Insider Higher Education, and his poetry in BOAAT, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Adroit Journal, Puerto del Sol, Huizache, Tin House and elsewhere. He was runner up for the inaugural Palette Poetry Spotlight Award of 2019 and the recipient of the 2019 Katherine Bakeless Nelson Award in Poetry for the 2019 Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. He received his Masters in Fine Arts (poetry) at Rutgers-Newark. As a 2018 Marshall Scholar, he is currently pursuing a Masters in Philosophy in Modern Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Oxford, where he is also poetry editor of the Oxford Review of Books. His debut collection, Gentefication, won the 2019 Four Way Books Levis Prize in Poetry, and is set to be published fall of 2021.
Updated January 2020
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Senior Fellow Antonio Lopez voted into East Palo Alto City Council
Senior Fellow Antonio Lopez was voted into the East Palo Alto City Council early November 2020. He is one of several democratic socialists who were able to win against well-funded incumbents across the Bay Area of California.
New Web Conversation with Reflections on Migration, Identity & Belonging
The idea behind our web conversations series is to take a topic critical to our work and ask Fellows, Senior Fellows, board members, staff members and friends of the organization to present talks, essays, images and suggested readings that deal with the subject.
The Memory of Hunger: A Response to Richard Rodríguez
In response to Richard Rodríguez, Fellow Antonio Lopez writes the poem "The Memory of Hunger" on the struggles of being Mexican outside of Mexico.
The First Time I was Called a Spic
Fellow Antonio Lopez traces an incident of racism through his family's history in this poem.
Thank you to our 2017 US Review and Admissions Committees
LARP (Latinx Access to Higher Education Recruitment Program)
Invites 50 out of state, low-income black and Latino middle school students in the hopes of instilling collegiate aspirations.
The Last Day My Father Spent in Mexico
2015 John Lewis Fellow Antonio Lopez writes a poem on his father's last day in Mexico before immigrating to the United States.
Las Chácharas they Carried
Read Fellow Antonio Lopez's latest poem, "Las Chácharas they Carried".
Las Chácharas I Carried (Translated from the Mexican)
Read John Lewis Fellow Antonio Lopez's latest poem Las Chácharas I Carried (Translated from the Mexican).