Juan Felipe Herrera

Juan Felipe Herrera

Juan Felipe Herrera is a noted poet, writer and playwright. He is a professor of creative writing in the Department of Creative Writing at the University of California, Riverside. In 2012 he was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown as California’s Poet Laureate, and he is the recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship in Poetry. He has published twenty-eight books, including:
  • Senegal Taxi
  • Half of the World in Light: New and Selected Poems
  • 187 Reasons Mexicanos Can’t Cross the Border: Undocuments 1971-2007
  • Downtown Boy (Tomas Rivera Mexican-american Children’s Book Award)
  • Crashboomlove
  • The Upside Down Boy / El nino de cabeza
  • Super Cilantro Girl / La Supernina del Cilantro
  • Grandma and Me at the Flea / Los Meros Meros Remateros

Herrera is winner of numerous awards, including:

  • National Book Critics’ Circle Award for Poetry
  • Pen USA Literary Award for Poetry/Beyond Margins ward
  • Americas Award
  • Tomas Rivera Mexican-American Children’s Book Award
For more information, visit Hererra’s official website or read his in-depth bio on Poets.org or Wikipedia, or read some of his poems, such as Blood on the Wheel, Grafik, or Iowa Blues Bar Spiritual.

Praise for Herrera:

“A wildly inventive, always unpredictable poet.” -The New York Times
“Many poets since the 1960s have dreamed of a new hybrid art, part oral, part written, part English, part something else: an art grounded in ethnic identity, fueled by collective is one of the first to succeed.” -The New York Times

Hererra appeared in Ashland in October 2013


Herrera with SOU acting students


Herrera at Ashland High School