A San Francisco native, Antonio grew up in WritersCorps, starting out as a student, then an intern, and now as an alum of the program who works with youth himself at an after-school program. You might recognize him from the WritersCorps poster series on Market Street.
Who are your favorite authors?
Pablo Neruda, Stephen King, Malcolm X, Fidel Castro, sportswriters and Alex Haley
What’s the most important thing you learned in WritersCorps?
It takes hard work to develop and maintain a craft, but writing should never stop being fun. I learned that my work was valuable and I should take time to edit it. I learned to always be ready, to take criticism (and not take criticism) and never stop writing.
How has poetry affected your life?
Hearing poetry has taught me to appreciate every single moment, and to control my thoughts; it’s taught me to grasp every single syllable and meaning an author tries to convey. Writing poetry has taught me to check in with myself, to listen to what my inner voice has to say. Writing is what I leave behind; it’s how I will stand alongside all those who have come before and are yet to come.