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  • Name: Antonio López

    Recipient Year: 2017|2023

    Major: Creative Writing

    Description: Antonio López is a poetician working at the intersection of poetry, politics and social change. He serves on a number of boards including the Bay Area Water Supply & Conservation Agency, the Joint Powers Authority for San Mateo County Libraries, El Concilio of San Mateo County, RISE (Reaching and Inspiring Students through Education), among others. He holds degrees from Duke University, Rutgers-Newark, and the University of Oxford as a Marshall Scholar. His political work and poetry has been featured in a number of publications including NPR, PEN/America, Poetry, and others. He is a 2020-2021 National Book Critics Circle Emerging Fellow. He is also a doctoral candidate at Stanford University in the program of Modern Thought & Literature His debut poetry collection, Gentefication, was selected by Gregory Pardlo as the winner of the 2019 Levis Prize in Poetry. His second collection, Leaves of Glass, is forthcoming. Antonio fights gentrification in his hometown as the Mayor for the City of East Palo Alto.

    School Name: Rutgers University

    Sponsor: Shahin-Fatemeh Scholarship|Ghulam and Arifa Azad Family Scholarship

    LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/antonio-lopez-90bbbb1b3/