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José Guadalupe Olivarez

African American Studies

Class of 2010

José Olivarez is a teaching artist for Young Chicago Authors, a writing organization that hosts the largest youth poetry slam in the world every February and March ( He is the poet in residence at Roberto Clemente Community Academy and at Bowen high school. He is working on a chapbook that will be published through New School Poetics Press in February of 2013. The chapbook uses basketball to explore the masks that boys wear when they are forced to become men. If you are interested in having José perform and/or teach a workshop, email him at

Websites: Blog: The Other Side Of The River