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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, she 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 co-editor for the Middletown Art Center’s RESILIENCE and RESTORE collections of written word and visual arts funded by the California Arts Council. She is the current Lake County Poet Laureate for 2020-2022, the first Mexican-American and youngest to serve in this role for Lake County. In 2021, Guardado received an Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellowship.
In 2021, Georgina Marie Guardado was named an Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellow. Guardado installed poetry boxes, poetry display cases, tiny poetry libraries, and poetry murals in all eighteen communities in Lake County, California. She also plans to expand the project, with permission and the input of local Native officials and peoples, to the six Native American reservations in the county. To complete the project, Guardado will engage government leaders, local poets, artists, and youth.