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Joaquin Zihuatanejo

“We breathe inspiration, like living poems, into our students.”

Poet & Award Winning Teacher

Joaquín Zihuatanejo is an author, poet, spoken word artist, and award-winning teacher. Born and raised in the barrio of East Dallas, Joaquín expertly captures the duality of the Chicano culture.

He’s captivated thousands with his honest depiction of barrio life.

He’s authored a number of books including the critically-acclaimed “Arsonist”. Joaquin is highly sought educator for his writing workshops, especially college and scholarship essay sessions.


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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