Georgina Marie Guardado

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Poet Laureate of Lake County, California, 2020–2022

Georgina Marie Guardado was raised in Lakeport, California. As part of the Broken Nose Collective, an annual handmade chapbook exchange, she created her first poetry chapbook, Finding the Roots of Water, in 2018 and her second chapbook,Tree Speak, in 2019.

In 2020, Guardado was an Anne G. Locasio Scholar for the Mendocino Coast Writers Conference poetry workshop. The literary coordinator and Poetry Out Loud coordinator for the Lake County Arts Council, she served as coeditor for the Middletown Art Center’s RESILIENCE and RESTORE collections of written word and visual arts funded by the California Arts Council.

Guardado was the Lake County poet laureate for 2020–22, and both the first Mexican American and the youngest person to serve in this role for Lake County. In 2021, Guardado received an Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellowship.