In 2015 Juan Felipe Herrera was appointed the 21st United States Poet Laureate, the first Mexican American to hold the position. In his statement of choice, Librarian of Congress James H. Billington said Herrara’s poems “contain Whitman-esque multitudes that champion voices, traditions, and histories, as well as a cultural perspective” that serve to illuminate our larger American identity. Herrera grew up in California, the son of migrant farmers, an experience he has said shaped much of his work. The Washington Post relates “As a child, Herrera learned to love poetry by singing about the Mexican Revolution with his mother, a migrant farmworker in California. Inspired by her spirit, he has spent his life crossing borders, erasing boundaries, and expanding the American chorus.”

Herrera is the author of 30 books, including collections of poetry, prose, short stories, young adult novels, and picture books for children. This evening, he discusses how his poetry and performances have reached communities across America and the world.

Book signing follows in the Main Bookstore and Shop.

The Ruth and Carl J. Shapiro Celebrity Lectures are funded by the Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family Foundation.

 

Sign Language Interpretation  ASL interpretation 

 

Above: Image courtesy of Blue Flower Arts.


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The Ruth and Carl J. Shapiro Celebrity Lectures are funded by the Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family Foundation.