Angela Aguirre: Chicana Feminist Poet thriving with ADHD

Angela Aguirre

Angela Aguirre is a published poet, performer, teaching artist, and advocate for students with special needs. She is the co-founder of the Latina Feminist poetry collective Chingona Fire which works to curate events and workshops for women of color in Los Angeles.

When Angela was first diagnosed with ADHD in 2006, she was told by a counselor at her community college that “school just wasn’t for some people.” In this TEDx talk, Angela explores her journey from initial diagnosis to college graduate, to published author, to co-founder of Chingona Fire, to Huffington Post contributor, and most recently, honoree of Senator Anthony Portantino’s ten Women of the Year for 2017. Angela dives into her story to share how she not only is living, but thriving with ADHD.

Your legacy does not have to look the same as anyone else’s. My life hasn’t turned out at all the way I imagined it, it has turned out better. The moment I began to embrace the part of who I am that makes me different instead of rejecting it is the moment I began to live my fullest life.

Learn more about Angela on her website Chingona Fire and get a copy of her first poetry book Confession of a Firework.


  • My name is Micaela Sanchez and I am Programming and Experience Supervisor for High Plains Library District. I’m currently looking to book a speaker for an upcoming 2019 week-long event, which we hope will take place fall of 2019. I’m reaching out to inquire about your availability and speaking fees and to see if there’s a time we can connect to see if there is mission alignment between your work and our event.

    Here are a few key details that may help in getting the conversation rolling:

    Event: Teen Tour
    Event Purpose: Library serving as catalyst for connecting students within our service area to the inspiring/motivational messages of various creative professionals, inspiring students to discover the possibilities within themselves. Presentations take place at schools throughout our county, in an effort to deliver the inspirational message to students at their point of need, in a familiar environment, on their turf.
    Event Description: Library will schedule speaker to present to at various schools/organizations serving youth throughout our library service area, to connect them with the speaker’s motivational message at their point of need. One school week (5 days) of presentations that may consist of all-school assemblies or classroom-style workshops. Anticipate an average of 2-3 presentations per day; totaling a max potential 15 presentations within the contracted time.
    Target audience: The Teen Tour focuses on either middle school or high school, depending on the age-appropriate content/message of the speaker.
    Date: TBD; hoping to schedule something in September
    Available budget: 5k-8k dependent plus travel expenses, dependent on resume.

    I look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Thank you,

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