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Joaquin Zihuatanejo

“When you make a real decision, then everything can change.”

Youth Career Coach & Decision Maker

Juan Cangas has spent most of his life questioning, “Why do some people succeed in life while others fail?” Juan shares how to find the motivation to succeed. His drive to overcome barriers and desire to make his mother proud helped him become the first person in his family to attend college.


Joaquin speaks on a variety of topics including but not limited to:

  • Spoken Word Poetry
  • Writing & College Essay Workshops
  • Study Habits
  • Self Expression
  • Hispanic/Latino Culture

9.7 out of 10 Audience Rating


Joaquin’s text is a shape-shifter of an existential “shivering,” yet, it is on fire. I salute Zihuatanejo for this blistering beauty among the ashes.

Juan Felipe Herrera Poet Laureate of the United States 2015-2017
Juan Felipe Herrera

Joaquin Zihuatanejo brings us close, right to him, into the very thing one is made of: blood. Father. Mother. And I can feel—because I am shown—how absence, loss, conflict and contradictions are not to be feared, but with work, with line and word, become the very substance of self, a fiery wholeness. Beautiful.

Layli Long Soldier Author of WHEREAS
Layli Long Soldier

Joaquín Zihuatanejo is a brilliant poet. His testimonials and songs and explorations are multilingual, structurally adventurous. The wide range of forms and dictions makes visible his ravenous curiosity and intellect.

Eduardo C. Corral Author of Slow Lightning
Eduardo C. Corral

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