Come listen to a poetry reading featuring one of the most unique and generous figures in contemporary American literature, current U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera. Our first Chicano poet to hold this prestigious post, Herrera is credited by the New York Times as inventing “a new hybrid art, part oral, part written, part English, part something else: an art grounded in ethnic identity, fueled by collective pride, yet irreducibly individual too.”
Juan Felipe Herrera
Juan Felipe Herrera is the 21st Poet Laureate of the United States (2015-2016) and is the first Latino to hold the position. From 2012-2014, Herrera served as California State Poet Laureate. His many collections of poetry include "Notes on the Assemblage," "Senegal Taxi," "187 Reasons Mexicanos Can’t Cross The Border: Undocuments 1971-2007," and "Half of the World in Light: New and Selected Poems," which was a recipient of the PEN/Beyond Margins Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Hererra is also the author of "Crashboomlove: A Novel in Verse," which received the Americas Award. His books of prose for children include: "SkateFate;" "Calling The Doves, which won the Ezra Jack Keats Award; "Upside Down Boy," which was adapted into a musical for young audiences in New York City; and "Cinnamon Girl: Letters Found Inside a Cereal Box." Herrera is also a performance artist and activist on behalf of migrant and indigenous communities and at-risk youth.