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 Lucha Corpi

Lucha Corpi, poet, novelist, and children's book writer, was born in a small town in Mexico, Jaltipan, in the state of Veracruz. Ms. Corpi received most of her formal education in Mexico. She came to Berkeley as a young wife and student at the age of 19 in 1964, at the onset of the most exciting but turbulent decade in the history of Berkeley and the U.C. campus. Ms. Corpi received a degree in Comparative literature from Berkeley and a Master's Degree in World and Comparative Literature from San Francisco State University.

In addition to her four detective fiction novels, Ms. Corpi published a novel Delia's Song in 1989 with Arte Publico Press and has also published a bilingual children's book Where Fireflies Dance/Ahi, Donde Bailan Las Luciernagas (Children's Book Press, 1997). A noted poet, she has two
collections of poetry, one entitled Palabras de Mediodia (Noon Words) in 1980 by Fuego de Aztlan Publications and later, in a bilingual edition, by Arte Publico Press in 2001. Her first collection of poems appeared in Fireflight: Three Latin American Poets (Oyes, 1976).

Ms. Corpi has received numerous awards for her writing, including the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Prize and the Multicultural Publishers Exchange Book Award of Excellence in Adult Fiction for Eulogy for a Brown Angel. In 1990 Lucha Corpi was awarded a Creative Arts Fellowship in fiction by the City of Oakland and was named poet laureate at Indiana University Northwest. In 1970 she received a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship for poems later included in Palabras de Mediodia.

During the 1970s, while active on the UC-Berkeley campus, Ms. Corpi was one of the five founding members of the Aztlan Cultural, an arts service organization that years later would merge with Centro Chicano de Escritores (Chicano Writers Center). She also joined the Comite Popular Educativo de la Raza, an organization of parents, students, and teachers in Oakland that sought to establish bilingual child care centers and other programs in the city's unified school district. She currently lives in Oakland, California and has been a tenured teacher in the Oakland Public Schools Neighborhood Centers Program since 1973.

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