Javier O. Huerta
A native of Nuevo Laredo, Tamualipas, Javier O. Huerta became a legal resident under the amnesty of 1986 and became a U.S. citizen in January of 2000. His book Some Clarifications y otros poemas
(Arte Publico 2007) received the Chicano/Latino Literary Prize from UC Irvine. He studies the laughter of poetry in the English PhD Program at UC Berkeley. He is currently at work on his second poetry manuscript, American Copia
, a book-length poem "about" going to the grocery store. On certain days, Javier can be seen skipping his way down International Avenue in Oakland, California.