Arancibia was born in Iquique, Chile, in 1971. He currently writes for the San Diego Union Tribune and for national magazines like The Green Magazine. While completing his Ph.D. in Literature at U.C. San Diego, he became an Associate Professor of English at Miramar Community College. His creative work depicts and comments on the lives of immigrants on the border. His critical work focuses on performance poetry and the genre's relation to social spaces. In June of 2012, he received a Ph.D. in Literature from the University of California, San Diego.
He released a collection of prose and poetry in June 2007 titled Atacama Poems through City Works Press.
Along with Adolfo Guzman-Lopez and Miguel-Angel Soria, he is a founding veteran of Chicano spoken-word collective the Taco Shop Poets, and the co-editor of the Taco Shop Poets anthology, Chorizo Tonguefire.
Arancibia has appeared in the HBO documentary Americanos: Latino Life in the United States, Gregory Nava's PBS dramatic series American Family (2002), and is profiled in Hector Galán's ITVS documentary series on Latina/o arts: Visiones (2004). His ten-year performance history has brought him into spoken word venues, cultural centers, universities, galleries and taquerias internationally in a continuing effort to bring proactive Chicano spoken word to relevant spaces including Mexico City's Casa Del Lago, the Nuyorican Poets Cafe and a guerrilla-style poetry takeover at The Alamo in San Antonio.
- Atacama poems. San Diego, CA: San Diego City Works Press, 2007.
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- Chorizon Tonguefire (CD by the Taco Shop Poets). San Diego, CA: Calaca Press, 1999.
- Audio / video
- An Interview at UCSB featuring the Taco Shop Poets (Includes Arancibia)
- Adrian Arancibia at La Pena Cultural Center
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