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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.

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Juan Felipe Herrera, U.S. Poet Laureate

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