Anthony R. Vigil, 19th Annual ODU Literary Festival

Document Type

Featured Participant

Festival Date



Chandler Recital Hall, Diehn Fine and Performing Arts Center

Author/Artist Bio

Anthony R. Vigil, born and raised in Denver, Colorado, is a Chicano poet and activist who tutors and educates barrio youth in the areas of Mexicano/Chicano Studies and Literature. Through his experience with his sisters and brothers of the barrio, he identifies the arts, specifically, poetry, as the epicenter for liberating revolutionary social change for Mexicano/Chicano youth. As such, his Chicanoetry and "los wordshopz" often lowride him to jive [juvenile] hall, recreation centers, street corners, detention centers, and to Mexicano/Chicano youth conferences. Because of his poetry of witness and protest in the urban barrios, he has been unofficially banned from speaking and reading at numerous public schools in Denver. Although his first manuscript of poetry, The Obsidian Ranfla, is yet unpublished, his poems have been placed in the Mid-American Review, The Dry Creek Review, Tonatiuh-Quinto Sol, The Heartlands Today, El Mexica, and Struggle. His largo poema, "La Boda Chicana: Globeville, Color Azlan" won a 1994 AWP Intro Award in poetry.


Vigil read on Saturday, October 12, at the Chandler Recital Hall, Diehn Fine and Performing Arts Center in Norfolk, Virginia at 10:30 a.m.


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