In memoriam: Poet and children’s author Francisco Alarcón

By John Mack Freeman

Poet and children’s author Francisco Alarcón has passed away at the age of 61. Via Los Angeles Times:

The L.A.-born Chicano poet and factory laborer who worked his way from adult school, East L.A. College and Cal State Long Beach to Stanford University died Friday of stomach cancer in his Davis home, still eschewing that final punctuation. He was 61.

His death ended a prolific career as a bilingual poet, children’s author and professor atUC Davis. Alarcón, once a finalist for California poet laureate, was known for his poetry about immigrants, love and the indigenous languages and traditions of Mexico, and also for bilingual books of children’s verse, which he called “the best thing I’ve done in my life.”

For a full obituary, please visit the Los Angeles Times.


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