Alejandro is a spokenword/performance poet, educator, and avid distance runner from Colima, Mexico. Arriving in the United States as an undocumented immigrant in 1995 and working as a farm worker for over 10 years in Oregon, he now resides in Denver, CO. Upon becoming the first member in his family to graduate from college he moved to the "Mile High City" to organize for immigrant rights. Now, he works with youth in Denver and tries to instill in them power of words.
As an immigrant in the US, Alejandro learned very quickly how easily people can be ignored and go unheard and unnoticed. Though not always the easiest of things to do, he learned that he needed to use his voice to let the fire in his chest burn free instead of burning him. He is a firm believer that words can transform, heal, and take you to places never thought imaginable. He is a firm believer that we hold so much collective power to be agents of change in our communities. He is a firm believer that we are full of beauty waiting to blossom. His performances are a mix of spokenword/performance poetry, story telling, honesty, humor, and raw-emotion about his life as an immigrant in the US. Through his performances he tries to inspire the audience to believe in their stories, in their being, and the power of THEIR words. In his performances he is trying his best to reclaim the voice the has been taken from his community; unpack the ugly done on to us, unpack the ugly we do, and celebrate the holy and beauty that we are.
He has shared his poetry in sold-out opera houses, universities, detention centers, cultural events, museums, and festivals, elementary, middle, and high schools. His poems have appeared in multiple anthologies and literary magazines. Alejandro had the honor and privilege to write and read a poem for the 2012 Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient, Dolores Huerta. He is a 2-time National Poetry Slam Semi-finalist with Slam Nuba (2012 & 2017), Southern Fried Poetry Slam Runner-up (2017) & 2017 TEDxMileHigh Speaker. He recently self-published his first collection of poems in his book Moreno. Prieto. Brown.
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