Mercedes Lucero is an Afro-Latinx writer and 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 is one of the founding members of BLACK Lawrence (Black Literature & Arts Collective of Kansas) and served as one of the Zinn Writers in Residence, where she helped engage 7th graders with poetry, activities, and more. She is currently a flash fiction reader for Split Lip Magazine and serves as the Poetry Editor for Snarl: A Journal of Art and Literature.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Missouri Western State University, a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Northwestern University, and a Doctorate in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Kansas.