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U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera at UWM

U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera serves as UWM’s Boudreaux Poet this year. The Boudreaux Foundation sponsors the series, which brings a prominent American poet to UWM each year. On March 3rd and 4th, Herrara will visit UWM to hold a poetry reading and craft talk.

The 21st Poet Laureate of the United States (2015-2016), Juan Felipe Herrera is the first Latino to hold the position. He grew up in California as the son of migrant farmers, which shaped much of his work, and from 2012-2014, he served as California State Poet Laureate. He has received a National Endowment for the Arts and a Guggenheim Fellowship, among many other prestigious awards.

Herrera is the author of thirty books, including collections of poetry, prose, short stories, young adult novels and picture books for children. His many collections of poetry include Notes on the Assemblage; Senegal Taxi; Half of the World in Light: New and Selected Poems, a recipient of the PEN/Beyond Margins Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award; 187 Reasons Mexicanos Can’t Cross The Border: Undocuments 1971-2007; and Crashboomlove: A Novel in Verse, which received the Americas Award. In 2014, he released the nonfiction work Portraits of Hispanic American Heroes, which showcases twenty Hispanic and Latino American men and women who have made outstanding contributions to the arts, politics, science, humanitarianism, and athletics.

He has served as chair of the Chicano and Latin American Studies Department at CSU-Fresno and recently retired from the Creative Writing Department at UC Riverside. He is also a performance artist and activist on behalf of migrant and indigenous communities and at-risk youth.

Thursday, March 3, 7:00 p.m.: Poetry Reading, UWM Union Ballroom

Friday, March 4, 2:00 p.m.: Craft Talk, Bolton Hall, Room B52

Free and Open to the Public.

Books will be available for purchase at the reading.

These events are co-sponsored by the Department of English through the Boudreaux Foundation, the Roberto Hernández Center, and the UWM Union’s Sociocultural Programming.