Antonio De Jesus Lopez Jr
Born and raised in East Palo Alto, Antonio López holds degrees from Duke University (B.A. African American Studies & Cultural Studies), Rutgers-Newark (M.F.A. Poetry), and the University of Oxford (M.Phil Modern Middle Eastern Studies) where he studied as a Marshall Scholar. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Modern Thought and Literature at Stanford University. His research interest includes the intersections between oral & literary histories, urban planning & policy, and ethnic studies/critical race theory. His debut poetry collection, Gentefication, was selected by Gregory Pardlo as the winner of the 2019 Levis Prize in Poetry. Antonio is currently fighting gentrification in his hometown as the newest and youngest councilmember for the City of East Palo Alto.