Juan Felipe Herrera

Spring 2016

Legacy of Poetry Day



Please join our local poets along with special guest, 2015 U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera. Herrera was educated at UCLA and Stanford University, then earned his MFA from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His numerous poetry collections include 187 Reasons Mexicanos Can’t Cross the Border, Half of the World in Light, and Border-Crosser with a Lamborghini Dream. In addition to publishing more than a dozen collections of poetry, Herrera has written short stories, young adult novels, and children’s literature. He has won the Hungry Mind Award of Distinction, the Focal Award, two Latino Hall of Fame Poetry Awards, and a PEN West Poetry Award. His other honors include fellowships from the UC Berkeley Regent’s, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the Stanford Chicano Fellows. He has taught at California State University-Fresno and at the University of California-Riverside.

May 5, 9:15pm – Reading and Book Signing, Hammer Theatre Center

For a complete listing of Legacy of Poetry Day events, please visit the Legacy of Poetry Day website.


“Herrera has the unusual capacity to write convincing political poems that are as personally felt as poems can be.”
— National Public Radio

“Herrera is … a sometimes hermetic, wildly inventive, always unpredictable poet, whose work commands attention for its style alone … 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 pride, yet irreducibly individual too. Many poets have tried to create such an art: Herrera is one of the first to succeed.”
— The New York Times

“While reporters can give you the what, when, and where of a war, a poet with the enormous gifts of Juan Herrera can give you its soul.”
— Ishmael Reed

All events are open to the public and wheelchair accessible.