Juan Felipe Herrera

Juan Felipe Herrera is the United States Poet Laureate. He has won awards from Guggenheim, PEN USA, PEN American Center, the Smithsonian, and the National Book Critics Circle, among others. He lives with his partner, poet and performance artist Margarita Robles, in Fresno, California, and is Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Riverside. He grew up in a migrant farmworker family and is the author of some 30 books of poetry, fiction, YA fiction, children's books, and nonfiction.  

“Your friends, and your associates, and the people around you, and the environment that you live in, and the speakers around you - the speakers around you - and the communicators around you, are the poetry makers. If your mother tells you stories, she is a poetry maker. If your father says stories, he is a poetry maker. If your grandma tells you stories, she is a poetry maker. And that’s who forms our poetics.” 

— Juan Felipe Herrera


Where I Used to Walk

A poem by Juan Felipe Herrera in memorium for the officers killed in Baton Rouge...

Hey Phil

An obituary poem for Philip Levine by Juan Felipe Herrera....


IN RENATO ROSALDO’s The Day of Shelly’s Death, the inner and outer elements of the poem — that is, the ...

WANDA COLEMAN, 1946-2013

THE POET LAUREATE OF SOUTH CENTRAL, the most extraordinary woman on the Los Angeles poetry scene, is dead, just a week ...

Perched on Nothingness

Image:  St. Paul, Minnesota:  RNC 2008 (detail) © Joaquín Ramón Herrera Juan Felipe Herrera ...



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