Mercedes Lucero is the author of Stereometry (2018, Another New Calligraphy), an interactive poetic curriculum that uses arithmetic’s orderliness to manage a time filled with loss and near loss. She is also the author of the chapbook In the Garden of Broken Things (2016, Flutter Press), which includes “The Possible Causes of Your Suffering,” a finalist for Glimmer Train’s “Very Short Fiction” Award. She is the winner of the 2017 Langston Hughes Creative Writing Award for Poetry and has received several Pushcart Prize nominations. In 2017, she received honors from KC Studio, a lifestyle magazine dedicated to art and culture in Kansas City. Her poem, "I wonder why they never taught us about Sylvia Mendez," was a finalist for the Sandy Crimmins National Prize for Poetry. Other work of hers has been featured on The Project on the History of Black Writing and published widely including in New Orleans Review, New Ohio Review, Puerto del Sol, Fourteen Hills, Paper Darts, The Chicago Tribune’s Printers Row Journal, The Pinch, and Heavy Feather Review.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Missouri Western State University and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Northwestern University. She is currently a PhD candidate in English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Kansas, where she explores creative writing craft theory and trauma literature. She has taught creative writing classes at the university level and led community workshops that center around creative writing craft and artistic inspiration.
She is one of the founding members of BLACK Lawrence (Black Literature & Arts Collective of Kansas) and is currently serving as the Zinn Writer-In-Residence, where she helps engage 7th graders with poetry, activities, and more.