Juan Felipe Herrera

Born in Fowler, California — learned corridos and rhymes from his mother, Lucha, on the farm working roads and small towns. His father, Felipe, played harmonica telling tales of work in early 1900’s Wyoming. He graduated from UCLA, Stanford and the University of Iowa’s Writer’s Workshop. His awards include the Guggenheim Poetry Fellowship, the National Book Critic’s Circle Award, LA Times  Robert Kirsch Lifetime Achievement Award and recently, the International Latino Book Award. He is Emeritus Professor from Fresno State’s Chicano and Latin American Studies program and UC-Riverside’s Department of Creative Writing. In the last decade he has served as a Chancellor of the Board of the Academy of American Poets, California’s Poet Laureate, and the Poet Laureate of the United States. Recent book is Every Day We Get More Illegal.


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For Marvin Bell

Image: Sister and Spirit: Plains horses Marvin Bell was introduced to by Allison Adelle Hedge Coke. For more than half a ...


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....


Anthropoetry

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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