Laurie Ann Guerrero was born and raised in San Antonio, and she earned her BA from Smith College and her MFA from Drew University. She is the author of the full-length collections A Crown for Gumecindo (Aztlan Libre Press, 2015) and A Tongue in the Mouth of the Dying (University of Notre Dame Press, 2013), which was the winner of the Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize, selected by Francisco X. Alarcon. Guerrero's chapbook, Babies Under the Skin (2008), won the Panhandler Publishing Award, chosen by Naomi Shihab Nye. Guerrero's poetry and critical work have appeared in Huizache, Texas Monthly, Acentos Review, Women's Studies Quarterly, Palo Alto Review, Global City Review, Texas Observer, Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism, Feminist Studies and others. 

A CantoMundo fellow and member of the Macondo Writers' Workshop, Guerrero has served on the faculty at University of the Incarnate Word, University of Texas-El Paso, Palo Alto College, and Gemini Ink, a community-centered literary arts organization in San Antonio. She was appointed Poet Laureate of San Antonio in 2014, and the Poet Laureate of the State of Texas in 2016.