Join the US Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry for the 61st annual Poetry Day.
The son of migrant farm workers, Juan Felipe Herrera was educated at UCLA and Stanford University and earned his MFA from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His numerous poetry collections include 187 Reasons Mexicanos Can’t Cross the Border: Undocuments 1971–2007, Half of the World in Light: New and Selected Poems (2008), and Border-Crosser with a Lamborghini Dream (1999). In 2012, Herrera was named California Poet Laureate, and the US Poet Laureate in 2015. He has won a Hungry Mind Award of Distinction, a Focal Award, two Latino Hall of Fame Poetry Awards, and a PEN West Poetry Award.
Cosponsored with the Library of Congress and the Chicago Public Library