Poet, activist Lorna Dee Cervantes to speak at Elon

Cervantes will read from her newest collection of poems, "April on Olympia," and her previous five books during a Liberal Arts Forum-hosted event on Tuesday, Oct. 18 in Whitley Auditorium.

Award-winning poet, Lorna Dee Cervantes will visit Elon on Tuesday, Oct. 18 for a poetry reading in Whitley Auditorium as a part of the Liberal Arts Forum Lecture. The event is free and open to the public.

Lorna Dee Cervantes

Cervantes is a former professor of English in the creative writing program at the University of Colorado Boulder. A native Californian, she now lives and writes in Seattle. Cervantes will read from her newest collection, “April On Olympia,” and her previous five books. Her writing has explored and evoked cultural differences – between Mexican, Anglo, Native American and African American lives – as well as the divides of economics and gender.

Cervantes is the second Liberal Arts Forum guest of the fall 2022 semester.

Elon’s Liberal Arts Forum was started in 1958 by the Student Government Association with the purpose to promote the arts and humanities aspect of Elon’s liberal arts campus. Today, the forum hosts multiple speakers from a variety of interdisciplinary subjects and invites students to work together to discuss which interests are most prevalent on campus and what type of speaker may appeal to a wide range of students and faculty at Elon.