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Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera: Online Resources

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Juan Felipe Herrera
U.S. Poet Laureate, 2015-
Photo Courtesy of Blue Flower Arts
Juan Felipe Herrera
U.S. Poet Laureate, 2015-2017

Photo Courtesy of Blue Flower Arts

On June 10, 2015, Librarian of Congress James H. Billington announced the appointment of Juan Felipe Herrera as the 21st Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry. On making the appointment, Dr. Billington said:

I see in Herrera’s poems the work of an American original—work that takes the sublimity and largesse of “Leaves of Grass” and expands upon it. His poems engage in a serious sense of play—in language and in image—that I feel gives them enduring power. I see how they champion voices and traditions and histories, as well as a cultural perspective, which is a vital part of our larger American identity.

Herrera participated in the 2015 National Book Festival, which took place on September 5. His inaugural reading as Poet Laureate occurred in the Library's Coolidge Auditorium on Tuesday, September 15, 2015. He spent much of his first term as Laureate traveling across the country conducting reading, lectures, and workshops with students and members of the general public. In all, Herrera made some 130 official appearances during his two terms as Laureate.

Herrera's national project during his first term as Poet Laureate was "La Casa de Colores" ("the House of Colors"). This project included two major features. First, Americans were invited to contribute a verse to an "epic poem" about the American experience. The resulting poem, titled "La Familia" ("The Family), unfolded monthly, with a new theme each month about an aspect of American life, values, or culture. "El Jardín" ("The Garden"), the second major component of his project, includes videos of Herrera's interaction with specific items and collections throughout the Library, along with his written responses to each interaction and curator comments.

Herrera was appointed to a second term as Poet Laureate by acting Librarian of Congress David Mao at the beginning of Herrera's end-of the-term lecture on April 13, 2016.

Herrera’s second term featured three major projects:

  • During 2016 and 2017, second and third grade students from across the nation were invited to contribute to "The Technicolor Adventures of Catalina Neon," an illustrated narrative poem featured on the Library of Congress's Read.gov website. The project launched in October 2016 with an introductory chapter and prompt written by Herrera and illustrated by artist Juana Medina. School librarians, teachers, and after-school program directors worked with students to submit responses. The narrative poem comprises six chapters, guided by input from librarians and students. Herrera and Medina will posted the final chapter online June 8, 2017. Click here for more information.
  • Continuing his work with students, Herrera and the Library of Congress have collaborated throughout the school year with the Poetry Foundation in Chicago and the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) on a program titled "Wordstreet Champions and Brave Builders of the Dream." Herrera has worked with approximately 40 high school English teachers from CPS to develop new exercises and strategies for teaching poetry to freshmen. At the program’s conclusion, CPS (the country’s third most populous school district) will measure impact on participating teachers and their students.
  • Herrera’s third initiative during his second term was the creation of a West Coast office, the "Laureate Lab Visual Words Studio." Soft launched in Fall 2016, the studio is set to be officially dedicated and opened on May 11, 2017. The studio is a performance/classroom space (Room 1110) in the Henry Madden Library at California State University in Fresno, where Herrera once taught and now lives. Herrera uses the space to develop small scale, dynamic programs and classes for his local community, mixing poetry with visual arts, song, and movement. Teachers, writers, artists, and community members are welcome to join the Poet Laureate in his continuous experiment with language.

In addition to his national Laureate projects and busy reading and media schedule, Hererra's tenure has been notable for the poems he has written in response to shootings and terrorist attacks that have occurred during his Laureatship. These poems include:

  • @ the Crossroads—A Sudden American Poem” - Originally published as part of the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day series External Link on July 10, 2016. The poem is a response External Link to recent episodes of gun violence in the United States, particularly the shooting of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota; and five police offers in Dallas, Texas.
  • "i Will Lov U 4Ever, Orlando" External Link - First published on June 17, 2016 on the WNYC website. Hererra notes that the poem is "for all our 49 LGBTQ brothers and sisters massacred at the Pulse Dance Club, Orlando, Florida, RIP, and their families and all the 53 injured and their families, for all seeking the end of homophobia and mad gun machines— for Orlando, Florida. 6-2016."
  • "Where We Find Ourselves” External Link - Originally published by the Los Angeles Times on June 2, 2016, in response to the murder-suicide at UCLA External Link the day before.
  • I’ll Take a Bullet for YouExternal Link - Originally published on Hererra's Facebook page External Link on December 23, 2015, in response to the December 2, 2015 mass shooting in San Bernardino, California.
  • "Nohemi—A Song for Paris" - Written in response to the death of Nohemi Gonzalez, a student at California State University, Long Beach, in the Paris, France, terror attacks. The poem was read by Timothy White External Link, Chancellor of California State University, at the November 15, 2015 memorial for Gonzalez at CSULB.

In addition to writing his own poetry, during his second term Herrera wrote the introduction to the poetry chapbook Poems for Political Disaster (Boston Review, 2017).

Herrera concluded his second term as Poet Laureate on April 26, 2017, with a series of events that took place in the Library's Thomas Jefferson Building.

This guide provides access to selected online resources related to Juan Felipe Herrera's life and work. To suggest additions to this guide, please contact the Digital Reference Team.

Note on Contacting Juan Felipe Herrera. If you would like to contact Juan Felipe Herrera, please direct your inquiries as suggested below:

  • Speaking and Reading Engagements: Contact Blue Flower Arts External Link, which represents External Link Herrera, if you'd like to inquire about scheduling him for a reading or event.
  • Permissions Requests: Contact the publisher of the poem or other material written by Herrera that you'd like to reproduce.
  • Other Questions: Contact the Library's Poetry and Literature Center.
  • Readers can also connect with Juan Felipe Herrera through Facebook External Link and Twitter External Link (@cilantroman). External Link An official website is under construction. External Link



[WATCH: "Juan Felipe Herrera Closes His 2nd Term: Panel Discussion and Quetzal Concert. April 26, 2017]

Resources

Library of Congress Web Site
   •Biographical Information, Press Releases, Articles, and Blog Posts
   •Audio and Video
   •Print Resources
External Web Sites
   •Biographical Information, Poetry
   •Prize Citations
   •Interviews, Articles, and Conversations
   •Audio Recordings
   •Videos
   •Criticism and Educator Tools
   •Book Reviews
   •Juan Felipe Herrera in the News

Library of Congress Web Site

Biographical Information, Press Releases, Articles, and Blog Posts

Biography

Poetry and Literature Center Biography of Juan Felipe Herrera

Blog Posts

"Bon Voyage, Catalina Neon!"
From the Catbird Seat, June 8, 2017

"Hooray for Juan Felipe!"
From the Catbird Seat, June 2, 2017

"Oh What a Night!: 'Speak the People/the Spark/el Poema'"
From the Catbird Seat, May 11, 2017

"Pic of the Week: Poet Laureate Celebration"
Library of Congress Blog, April 28, 2017

"Chronicling National Poetry Month, vol. IV: Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera’s Closing Events"
From the Catbird Seat, April 24, 2017

"Join the Celebration: Library to Livestream Events Honoring Poet Laureate"
Library of Congress Blog, April 24, 2017

"Five Days Left to Contribute to “Catalina Neon” Chapter Four!"
From the Catbird Seat, March 6, 2017

"Wordstreet Champions and Brave Builders of the Dream"
From the Catbird Seat, February 27, 2017

"Enter the Neon: 'Catalina Neon' Chapter Three and New Prompt!"
From the Catbird Seat, February 6, 2017

"Poet Laureate Visits Library’s Asian Division"
From the Catbird Seat, January 3, 2017

"The Poet Laureate Meets the Librarian of Congress"
From the Catbird Seat, December 14, 2016

"Two Weeks Left to Contribute to “Catalina Neon” Chapter Three!"
From the Catbird Seat, December 1, 2016

"New “Catalina Neon” Chapter and Prompt!"
From the Catbird Seat, November 16, 2016

"Introducing 'The Technicolor Adventures of Catalina Neon'!"
From the Catbird Seat, October 6, 2016

"Watch Juan Felipe Herrera’s First-Term Closing Event as Poet Laureate"
From the Catbird Seat, September 22, 2016

"Exploring Juan Felipe Herrera’s La Casa De Colores Project"
From the Catbird Seat, August 29, 2016

"'To Find Our Larger Self': An Interview with Juan Felipe Herrera"
From the Catbird Seat, July 12, 2016

"@ the Crossroads—A Sudden American Poem” by 21st Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera"
From the Catbird Seat, July 11, 2016

"Exploring Juan Felipe Herrera’s La Casa De Colores Project"
From the Catbird Seat, April 29, 2016

"Pic of the Week: An Encore for the Poet Laureate"
Library of Congress Blog, April 15, 2016

"Nohemi—A Song for Paris"
From the Catbird Seat, November 16, 2015

"Hooray for La Familia!"
From the Catbird Seat, November 4, 2015

"The Poet Laureate Joins an AFC Workshop on Corridos"
From the Catbird Seat, October 28, 2015

"La Casa de Colores Update: 'El Jardín' Launches!"
From the Catbird Seat, October 16, 2015

"Watch Juan Felipe Herrera’s Inaugural Reading as Poet Laureate"
From the Catbird Seat, October 14, 2015

"Catching up on the Laureate"
From the Catbird Seat, September 30, 2015

"La Casa de Colores and La Familia is Up and Running!"
From the Catbird Seat, September 17, 2015

"'A Magnificent Mega-Event!': The National Book Festival Through Our Laureate’s Eyes"
National Book Festival Blog, June 25, 2015

"Meet Our New Poet Laureate–Online"
From the Catbird Seat, June 12, 2015

"A Day Like This"
From the Catbird Seat, June 10, 2015

Press Releases

"Celebratory Events to Honor Juan Felipe Herrera, April 26"
April 5, 2017

"U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera Launches His Second-Term Projects"
October 6, 2016

"Juan Felipe Herrera Named Poet Laureate for Second Term"
April 13, 2016

"Poet Laureate to Give Final Lecture on April 13"
March 21, 2016

"Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera Announces His Project, La Casa de Colores"
September 5, 2015

"Librarian of Congress Appoints Juan Felipe Herrera Poet Laureate"
June 10, 2015

"Juan Felipe Herrera To Receive Americas Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature on Sept. 16"
August 8, 2006

"Americas Award To Be Presented at Library of Congress"
May 23, 2000

Other

"Herrera Named to Second Term as 21st US Poet Laureate"
Library of Congress Gazette
, April 15, 2016

"A Debut for New Laureate: Literary Season Opens with Reading by Herrera" (PDF, 732 KB)
Library of Congress Gazette, September 18, 2015

"Librarian of Congress Appoints Juan Felipe Herrera Poet Laureate" (PDF, 896 KB)
Library of Congress Gazette, June 12, 2015

"CrashBoomLove: Herrera Wins Americas Award"
Library of Congress Information Bulletin, July 2008

Audio and Video

Featured Videos from Herrera's El Jardín series (part of La Casa de Colores):

Juan Felipe Herrera Discusses the Ediciones Vigía Collection with Georgette Dorn (08:31)
January 21, 2016

Juan Felipe Herrera Discusses Don Quixote & Pablo Neruda Collections with Juan Manuel Pérez (08:41)
January 21, 2016

Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera Discusses Sylvester & Orphanos Publishers Archives with Mark Manivong (08:47)
January 20, 2016

Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera on the Hispanic Law Collection with Nathan Dorn (21:25)
January 19, 2016

WPA California Folk Music Collection: Juan Felipe Herrera with curator Cathy Kerst (06:01)
October 8, 2015

Juan Felipe Herrera Discusses the Mission Gráfica/La Raza, San Quentin Arts, and Elizabeth Catlett Collections with Katherine Blood (08:13)
September 11, 2015

Juan Felipe Herrera Discusses a Lincoln Campaign Poster and Helen Zughaib’s "Prayer Rug for America" with Katherine Blood (06:16)
September 11, 2015

Juan Felipe Herrera Discusses Woody Guthrie, Folk Song Pioneer with Todd Harvey (03:35)
September 9, 2015

Juan Felipe Herrera Discusses Literatura de Cordel with Margaret Kruesi (07:01)
September 9, 2015

Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera on the Huexotzinco Codex (03:24)
September 8, 2015

Other

Juan Felipe Herrera & Tom Sleigh (52:24)
April 26, 2017

Poet Laureate Closing Events: Speak the People/the Spark/el Poema: Panel Discussion and Quetzal Concert (2:31:16)
April 26, 2017

Poet Laureate Closing Events: Speak the People/the Spark/el Poema: Fresno State Chamber Singers Concert (1:03:58)
April 26, 2017

Poem for the Librarian (01:28)
November 15, 2016

Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera Closes His Term (01:37:08)
April 13, 2016

21st Poet Laureate Inaugural Reading: Juan Felipe Herrera (01:32:44)
September 15, 2015

Poet and the Poem (31:04)
Audio Interview with Grace Cavalieri, September 9, 2015

2015 National Book Festival (30:21)
September 5, 2015

2015 National Book Festival PSA (English)
July 28, 2015

2015 National Book Festival PSA (Spanish)
July 28, 2015

2013 National Book Festival (43:40)
September 22, 2013

Juan Felipe Herrera: 2013 National Book Festival Podcast (12:50)
Francisco Macias from the Library of Congress speaks with Herrera in advance of the 2013 National Book Festival. September 10, 2013.

2005 Americas Awards for Children's and Young Adult Literature (52:45)
Herrera receives the 2005 Americas Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature at the 13th annual award presentation hosted by the Library of Congress. September 16, 2006.

Print Resources

The Library of Congress holds a number of materials by and about Juan Felipe Herrera in our physical collections. To identify books edited or written by Herrera, you can search the Library's online catalog under the following author heading:

Herrera, Juan Felipe

To locate books about Juan Felipe Herrera's life and writing, you can search the Library's online catalog under the following subject headings:

Herrera, Juan Felipe.
Herrera, Juan Felipe--Childhood and youth.
Herrera, Juan Felipe--Childhood and youth--Juvenile literature.
Herrera, Juan Felipe--Translations into Spanish
Herrera, Juan Felipe--Travel--Mexico--Chiapas.

The Library's subscription databases, available only to on-campus users, include many essays, articles, book chapters, student resources, and other materials about Herrera's life and work. Contact the Digital Reference Section if you'd like to learn more about these resources.

External Web Sites

Biographical Information, Poetry

Academy of American Poets External Link
Offers a biography of Herrera, videos of Herrera reading, a letter written by Herrera as part of the Academy's Dear Poet series, and a selection of his poems. Also offers an online tribute to Herrera.

Blue Flower Arts External Link
Biography of Herrera. Note: Contact Blue Flower Arts External Link if you'd like to inquire about scheduling Herrera for a reading or event.

Boston Review External Link
Five poems by Herrera from the Boston Review.

Juan Felipe Herrera Papers, ca. 1970-1998 External Link
Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries.

Los Angeles Review of Books
Seven poems by Herrera that have appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books.

Poetry Foundation External Link
Biography of Herrera, along with several poems by and articles about him.

University of California, Riverside, Faculty Page External Link
Biography, contact information, and a link to Herrera's curriculum vitae.

Selected Prize Citations

Interviews, Articles, and Conversations

"'Our Arms are Going to be Open': Former U.S. Poet Laureate Visits Mankato"
Mankato Free Press, September 13, 2017

"Former US Poet Laureate reflects on his writing and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop" External Link
Iowa Now, July 3, 2017

"Juan Felipe Herrera Delivers Sayers Lecture at his Alma Mater. News 'n Notes." External Link
La Bloga, May 23, 2017

"U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera Engages, Enlightens and Inspires Stuart Community" External Link
Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart, May 19, 2017

"Laureate Lab: Spaces for Creativity—4 Poet Laureates at Open House" External Link
Fresno State News, Msay 8, 2017

"Photo Gallery: Celebrating Juan Felipe Herrera in Washington, D.C." External Link
Fresno Beehive blog, April 27, 2017

Juan Felipe Herrera Video Interview External Link
Colorín Colorado, April 27, 2017

"Departing U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera Looks Forward to Bext Bend in ‘The Road’" External Link
The Fresno Bee, April 21, 2017

"Juan Felipe Herrera On Poetry In Tough Times" External Link
NPR, April 12, 2017

"Q&A with Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera" External Link
The Stanford Daily, March 9, 2017

"U.S. Poet Laureate Herrera visits UTRGV’s FESTIBA" External Link
The Edinburg Review, March 3, 2017

"The U.S. Poet Laureate on What America should be Reading Now" External Link
The Washington Post, March 2, 2017

"U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera Enchants Jubilant, Diverse Audience at Emory" External Link
ArtsATL, February 27, 2017

"U.S. Poet Laureate Decries Trump Wall" External Link
The Emory Wheel, February 22, 2017

"Juan Felipe Herrera: Do Not Let Yourself Think You Cannot Contribute" External Link
Faith & Leadership, February 21, 2017

"Juan Felipe Herrera: The First Chicano Poet Laureate of the United States"
Boise Weekly, February 1, 2017

"Poet Laureate Celebrates Dual Immigrant, Migrant Identity" External Link
The San Diego Union-Tribune, January 24, 2017

"Recess talks to the U.S. National Poet Laureate" External Link
The Chronicle (Duke University), November 30, 2016

"U.S. Poet Laureate's Work Focuses on Multiculturalism, Social Issues"
The Chronicle (Duke University), November 18, 2016

"Juan Felipe Herrera, U.S. Poet Laureate, Responds to Gun Violence with a New Poem" External Link
Jacket Copy, Los Angeles Times, July 11, 2016

"A Walking Lab: An Interview with Poet Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera" External Link
45th Parallel, July 8, 2016

"‘Immigrant’ is Too Painful a Term; I Prefer ‘Pioneer'" External Link
The Fresno Bee, July 1, 2016

"'Where We Find Ourselves': Juan Felipe Herrera's Poem on the Shooting at UCLA" External Link
Los Angeles Times, June 3, 2016

"U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera to Receive Honorary Doctorate at Commencement" External Link
Fresno State News, May 18, 2016

"U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera on Using Literature as a Tool for Peace" External Link
Dallas Observer, May 12, 2016

"Juan Felipe Herrera’s Remarkable Journey to Poet Laureate Includes a Stop in Dallas" External Link
The Dallas Morning News, May 6, 2016

"First Latino U.S. Poet Laureate Rides 'Inspiration Tsunami' to Second Term" External Link
Reuters, April 15, 2016

"U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera Reappointed to Second Year" External Link
The Washington Post, April 13, 2016

"Juan Felipe Herrera Named to Second Term as Poet Laureate" External Link
ArtsBeat blog, The New York Times, April 13, 2016

"Juan Felipe Herrera Appointed to Second Term as U.S. Poet Laureate" External Link
The Fresno Bee, April 13, 2016

"Juan Felipe Herrera, U.S. Poet Laureate, on Eating Too Many Chilaquiles and Returning to L.A." External Link
Los Angeles Times, March 31, 2016

"Our Poet Laureate Is Trying To Find America’s Voice In A Crowdsourced Poem" External Link
Huffington Post, March 29, 2016

"Hear the voice of U.S. poet laureate Juan Felipe Herrera in St. Petersburg on Monday" External Link
Tampa Bay Times, March 17, 2016

"U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera To Meet with Next Generation of Latino Leaders" External Link
CapitalWirePR, March 7, 2016

"10 Reasons to See U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera at UWM" External Link
Journal Sentinel, February 26, 2016

"L.A. Times Book Prizes will Honor Juan Felipe Herrera, James Patterson; Finalists Announced" External Link
Los Angeles Times, February 23, 2016

"Juan Felipe Herrera: Much More Than a Poet Laureate" External Link
Daily Nexus, February 19, 2016

"Juan Felipe Herrera’s Long Road to United States Poet Laureate" External Link
The Aspen Idea Blog, January 21, 2016

"After San Bernardino Massacre, U.S. Poet Laureate Writes in Hope" External Link
Los Angeles Times, December 24, 2015

"‘Imagine, even the ghosts were trying to get away’: U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera reads at Smith College" External Link
The Recorder, December 4, 2015

"A Trifecta of Laureate Latino Poets Make History" External Link
Austin American-Statesman, November 14, 2015

"Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera on First Miami Book Fair Visit: 'Looking Forward to Meeting the Local Poets'" External Link
Miami New Times, November 13, 2015

"Poet Laureate Encourages Creativity" External Link
Rivard Report, November 5, 2015

"Juan Felipe Herrera: Poet Laureate for the Masses" External Link
Cultural Weekly, November 4, 2015

"U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera to Speak at Palo Alto Wednesday" External Link
San Antonio Current, November 4, 2015

"Life-Changing Teachers: On Juan Felipe Herrera’s Reading in Chicago" External Link
[email protected] in Kid Lit, November 2, 2015

"Words from Third Grade Teacher Inspires U.S. Poet Laureate" External Link
The Collegian, October 29, 2015

"Commentary: Experiencing Poetry Out Loud" External Link
The State Journal-Register, October 19, 2015

"U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera Signs with Candlewick" External Link
Publishers Weekly, September 29, 2015

"The First Step To Banishing Loneliness -- For Good" External Link
The Huffington Post, September 25, 2015

"Poet Laureate Explores the Details of Life that Make Readers Think" External Link
Las Vegas Review-Journal, September 24, 2015

"Juan Felipe Herrera’s Global Voice and Vision" External Link
Los Angeles Review of Books
, September 23, 2015

"Our US Poet Laureate and Hispanic Heritage" External Link
Literacy and NCTE blog, September 22, 2015

"3 Things The New U.S. Poet Laureate Knows About Love" External Link
The Huffington Post, September 21, 2015

"How to Submit to ‘Casa de Colores,’ a Nation-wide Poetry Project" External Link
PBS NewsHour, September 17, 2015

"New U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera Made a Fantastic Debut in DC" External Link
The Washington Post, September 16, 2015

"Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera Offers Vision of All Voices'" External Link
McClatchy Washington Bureau, September 16, 2015

"U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera Honors His Third-grade Teacher at First Official Reading" External Link
The Fresno Bee, September 15, 2015

"Hispanic Heritage Month" External Link
ABC30 Action News, September 14, 2015

"He’s the New U.S. Poet Laureate: Hear Juan Felipe Herrera Roar" External Link
The Fresno Bee, September 12, 2015

"Interview with U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera" External Link
San Francisco Chronicle, September 11, 2015

"Juan Felipe Herrera Wants to Write an Epic American Poem . . . With You" External Link
AL DÍA News, September 7, 2015

"National Book Festival Signals Optimistic Future for Storytelling" External Link
The Guardian, September 7, 2015

"Fresno’s Herrera Puts Early Stamp on Tenure as U.S. Poet Laureate" External Link
The Fresno Bee, September 5, 2015

"Poet Laureate's Defining Moment: San Diego Teacher Helped Juan Felipe Herrera Find His Voice" External Link
The San Diego Union-Tribune, August 22, 2015

"Juan Felipe Herrera 101: A Look at the Poetry and Politics of the US Poet Laureate" External Link
Poetry Foundation, August 3, 2015

"U.S. Poet Laureate has Valley Roots" External Link
Visalia Times-Delta, July 24, 2015

"U.S. Poet Laureate Shares Afro-Cuban Rhythms at CSUMB" External Link
Monterey Herald, July 20, 2015

"US Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera Proud to Represent California" External Link
Monterey Herald, July 16, 2015

"UA Press Author First Latino U.S. Poet Laureate" External Link
The Daily Wildcat, July 8, 2015

"Q&A with Juan Felipe Herrera" External Link
The Daily Wildcat, July 8, 2015

"A Personal Laureate: Reflections on Juan Felipe Herrera’s Appointment as Poet Laureate of the United States" External Link
Los Angeles Review of Books, July 4, 2015

"Newly Appointed U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera Wrote Us a Brand New Poem" External Link
Monterey County Weekly Arts & Culture Blog, July 1, 2015

"Maximizing Impact of Poet Laureate with San Diego Roots" External Link
The San Diego Union-Tribune, June 25, 2015

"First Hispanic Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera Signals a New Direction for US Literature" External Link
The Conversation, June 23, 2015

"Poet Juan Felipe Herrera Shares Voice with East Valley" External Link
The Desert Sun, June 23, 2015

"Stephen Kessler: America’s New 'Bard without Borders'" External Link
Santa Cruz Sentinel, June 19, 2015

"Half the World More: Juan Felipe Herrera and the Centering of Chicana/o Letters" External Link
Ploughshares Blog, June 18, 2015

"US Poet Jaureate Juan Felipe Herrera: 'Poetry is One of the Most Beautiful Ways of Participating'" External Link
The Guardian, June 16, 2015

"Juan Felipe Herrera: ABC" External Link
On Our Minds blog, Scholastic.com, June 16, 2015

"U.S. Poet Laureate Exhorts Grads: Be Your 'New You'" External Link
UCR Today, June 15, 2015

"Truthdigger of the Week: Juan Felipe Herrera, the Next U.S. Poet Laureate" External Link
Truthdig, June 14, 2015

"Celebrating the Art that is Life with Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera" External Link
San Bernadino County Sun
, June 12, 2015

"Juan Felipe Herrera: Poet Laureate of Aztlan and America" External Link
"LA Letters" column, KCET, June 12, 2015

"Latinos Say Nation’s First Hispanic Poet Laureate Spotlights Immigrants' Contributions" External Link
NorthJersey,com, June 12, 2015

"New Poet Laureate Basks in Sudden Fame" External Link
Miama Herald, June 11, 2015

"Iowa Writers' Workshop Grad to Become U.S. Poet Laureate" External Link
Iowa City Press-Citizen, June 11, 2015

"U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera on the Art of Poetry" External Link
Jacket Copy blog, Los Angeles Times, June 10, 2015

"New Poet Laureate Found His Voice in SD" External Link
The San Diego Union Tribune, June 10, 2015

"Juan Felipe Herrera Named U.S. Poet Laureate" External Link
UCR Today, June 10, 2015

"Juan Felipe Herrera in the House" External Link
Letras Latinas Blog, June 10, 2015

"7 Surprisingly Practical Lessons From America's New Poet Laureate" External Link
Inc., June 10, 2015

"Meet the New US Poet Laureate: Juan Felipe Herrera"
The Christian Science Monitor, June 10, 2015

"Juan Felipe Herrera, Poet Laureate With a Working-Class Voice Meant to Be Spoken" External Link
The New York Times, June 10, 2015

"Juan Felipe Herrera, From Farm Fields to Poet Laureate" External Link
The New York Times, June 10, 2015

"Juan Felipe Herrera Becomes First Mexican American U.S. Poet Laureate" External Link
The Washington Post, June 10, 2015

"Herrera Named Nation's First Latino Poet Laureate" External Link
Associated Press, June 10, 2015

"Juan Felipe Herrera Named U.S. Poet Laureate" External Link
The Two-Way, NPR, June 10, 2015

"Son of Migrants, Juan Felipe Herrera to Become First Latino U.S. Poet Laureate" External Link
PBS NewsHour, June 10, 2015

"U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera: 'The audience is half of the poem'" External Link
Los Angeles Times, June 9, 2015

"The Many Lives of Juan Felipe Herrera" External Link
The Daily, University of Washington, May 11, 2015

"The City Lights Books of Juan Felipe Herrera, Poet Laureate of California" External Link
Abandon All Despair Ye Who Enter Here, The City Lights Booksellers and Publishers blog, April 9, 2015

"From 'A Conversation with Juan Felipe Herrera'" External Link
Rattle, December 5, 2014

"Three Questions for Juan Felipe Herrera Regarding His New Book, Portraits of Hispanic American Heroes" External Link
Los Angeles Review of Books, December 4, 2014

"Ching-In Chen with Juan Felipe Herrera" External Link
The Conversant, December 2014

"Teaching Poetry Means ‘Make It Human’: Q&A with Juan Felipe Herrera" External Link
ZYZZYVA, November 4, 2014

"UCR to Hold a Fiesta for Juan Felipe Herrera" External Link
Inside UCR, September 24, 2014

"We Must Act But How? A Conversation with Juan Felipe Herrera (Part 1 of 3)" External Link
Poetry Foundation, April 30, 2014

"Remembering Lives Lost" External Link
University of California News, April 15, 2014

"A Traveling Poetry Handshake" External Link
UCR Magazine, Spring 2014

"California's Poet Laureate Likes to Turn the Tables" External Link
Los Angeles Times, July 4, 2013

"California Poet Laureate Launches Bullying-awareness Project" External Link
UCR Today, May 20, 2013

"Poetry Friday: Juan Felipe Herrera, 2012 Festival Poet" External Link
The Dodge Blog, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, July 20, 2012

"Laureate on Laureate Action: A Conversation Between California Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera and Inlandia Literary Laureate Gayle Brandeis" External Link
KCET, July 9, 2012

"A Totally Californian Poet Laureate" External Link
Los Angeles Times, May 20, 2012

"California’s First Hispanic Poet Laureate Wants to Tell Our Stories" External Link
NBCLatino.com, March 26, 2012

"Juan Felipe Herrera Appointed California Poet Laureate" External Link
Jacket Copy blog, Los Angeles Times, March 22, 2012

"Governor Brown Appoints California Poet Laureate" External Link
Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr., March 21, 2012

"An Interview with Juan Felipe Herrera" External Link
Parents' Choice, October 2009

"Reclaiming the Sleepless Volcano: How Celebrated Chicano Poet Juan Felipe Herrera Found His Voice" External Link
The Poetry Foundation, February 25, 2009

"Interview with Juan Felipe Herrera" External Link
La Bloga, February 21, 2008

Audio Recordings

Radio Programs

"U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera Wraps Up Project With Chicago Students" (20:16)
WBEZ 91.5FM, April 28, 2017

"Discussing Juan Felipe Herrera's Visit" (08:14)
89.1 FM KHOL Jackson, April 21, 2017

"US Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera's Second Term To Focus On Youth, Fresno" External Link (21:51)
Valley Public Radio, August 2, 2016

"U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera on a Year of Gun Violence" External Link
WNYC, June 17, 2016

"Former 'Lost Star' Is Now U.S. Poet Laureate" External Link (26:56)
KCUR, May 27, 2016

A Talk With Juan Felipe Herrera External Link (48:29)
KERA, May 12, 2016

"U.S. Poet Laureate, & A Beautiful Planet In IMAX“ (50:13)
The 21st (Illinois Public Media), April 29, 2016

"United States Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera: Writing and Reinvention" External Link (19:41)
Milwaukee Public Radio, April 1, 2016

"Lightning-Bolt Laureate: For Juan Felipe Herrera, Poetry is Action. In Full Color." External Link
Stanford Magazine, September/October 2016

"WORDS ON A WIRE: Juan Felipe Herrera" External Link (23:27)
Words on a Wire, February 21, 2016

"U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera Celebrates MLK Day" External Link (09:43)
Here & Now, WBUR, January 18, 2016

"Juan Felipe Herrera on being a U.S. Poet Laureate" External Link (12:45)
Morning Edition, Aspen Public Radio, January 11, 2016

"From Chicano Punk to Poet Laureate: Juan Felipe Herrera" External Link (11:44)
Latino USA, National Public Radio

"Our First Latino Poet Laureate" External Link (23:55)
The Gist, Slate, October 9, 2015

"Juan Felipe Herrera: A Poet Without Borders" External Link (16:46)
Nevada Public Radio, September 24, 2015

"Poet Laureate's Migrant Childhood Was Like 'Living In Literature Every Day'" External Link (07:02)
Morning Edition, NPR, September 15, 2015

"Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera On Migration, Identity And Verse" External Link (49:59)
The Koko Nnamdi Show, WAMU 88.5, September 10, 2015

"The Poetry of Grief and The Music of Protest" External Link (25:08)
The Takeaway with John Hockenberry, July 20, 2015

"New Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera Sings Out" External Link (07:22)
The Dinner Party Download, July 3, 2015

"A Conversation With U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera" External Link (15:37)
Insight With Beth Ruyak, Capital Public Radio, July 1, 2015

"The Poetry of Grief and The Music of Protest" External Link (25:08; Herrera segment ends at 16:02)
The Takeaway, June 20, 2015

"A Poet Laureate's Life: Juan Felipe Herrera" External Link (46:57)
On Point, WBUR, NPR, June 23, 2015

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Jurassic World, the death of Ornette Coleman, and U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera External Link (segment begins at 31:34)
The Culture Gabfest, Slate, June 17, 2015

"Interview And Poems: Fresno's Juan Felipe Herrera Named U.S. Poet Laureate" External Link
Valley Public Radio, June 10, 2015

"New U.S. Poet Laureate Hopes To Invite All Communities To Express Themselves" External Link (05:29)
All Things Considered, NPR, June 10, 2015

"Juan Felipe Herrera, Guest Poet Laureate" External Link (54:22)
The Poetry Show, KUSP, Central Coast Public Radio, April 20, 2014

"Meet Juan Felipe Herrera, California's Poet Laureate" External Link (42:52)
Jefferson Public Radio, October 16, 2013

"The Most Incredible and Biggest Poem" External Link (59:13)
Radio Bilingüe, September 22, 2014

"Words on a Wire: Juan Felipe Herrera" External Link (29:00)
Words on a Wire, KTEP, September 15, 2013

"Guest DJ: California Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera" External Link (36:32)
alt.latino, NPR, April 18, 2013

Interview with Juan Felipe Herrera [direct link] External Link (32:22)
Arts in the Valley
, 1480 KYOS FM, February 9, 2013

"Words on a Wire: Juan Felipe Herrera" External Link (29:01)
Words on a Wire, KTEP, October 25, 2012

"Chicano Poet Laureate" External Link (59:06)
Radio Bilingüe, May 7, 2012

"Interview with Juan Felipe Herrera" External Link (28:41)
Words on a Wire, October 2, 2011

Other

"Juan Felipe Herrera" (28:29) External Link
National Endowment for the Arts podcast, September 17, 2015

"Juan Felipe Herrera on the Poet’s Role" (03:18) External Link
Academy of American Poets, September 15, 2015

"El Planeta—From Plankton to Afghanistan: A Poetry Reading" External Link (01:12:13)
Los Angeles Public Library, June 20, 2013

CalArts MFA Writing Program Visiting Artists Series 2005-10-12: Juan Felipe Herrera External Link (01:16:45)
California Institute of the Arts (via the Internet Archive), October 12, 2005

Juan Felipe Herrera External Link
University of Arizona Poetry Center, September 15, 1993

Videos

YouTube External Link
Search results for Juan Felipe Herrera

Selections by Blue Flower Arts External Link
Videos of Herrera selected by the literary speaker's agency Blue Flower Arts

"How One Poet is Helping Chicago Students Find Their Voice through Verse" External Link (07:34)
PBS NewsHour, May 30, 2017

World Poetry Day - NPR Live Discussion with Juan Felipe Herrera External Link (33:23)
NPR Live, March 21, 2017

Dear Poet 2016 - Academy of American Poets External Link (02:01)
Academy of American Poets, January 26, 2016

"First Latino US Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera on Migrant Farmworkers, the Border and Ayotzinapa" External Link (12:30)
Democracy Now!, October 9, 2015

"The Powerful Quality You Already Possess" External Link (02:10)
Oprah.com, October 9, 2015

"The Civic Responsibility of the Poet in America Today" External Link (32:28)
Academy of American Poets, September 29, 2015

"New U.S. Poet Laureate Reflects on 'Dream Built on 10,000 Dreams'" External Link
Reuters, September 16, 2015

"U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera Joins Larry King on PoliticKING" External Link (08:39)
PoliticKING with Larry King, July 21, 2015

"Senator De León Congratulates Juan Felipe Herrera, Nation’s First Latino Poet Laureate" External Link (05:07)
California Senate Majority Caucus, via YouTube, July 6, 2015

"From the Fields to the Library of Congress, Juan Felipe Herrera Took a Winding Path to Poetry"
PBS NewsHour, June 10, 2015

"California's Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera" External Link (21:55)
UCTV, November 18, 2013

"A Father's Day Tale by Juan Felipe Herrera" External Link (03:33)
UCTV, August 5, 2013

Juan Felipe Herrera External Link
Tucson Festival of Books (via the University of Arizona Poetry Center website), March 14, 2009

"A Natural History of Chicano Literature: A Performance Lecture by Juan Felipe Herrera" External Link (58:46)
UCTV, September 14, 2005

Criticism and Educator Tools

"Using Picture Books to Teach and Discuss Juan Felipe Herrera with Students" External Link
Lee & Low Books Blog, June 15, 2015

Juan Felipe Herrera: “Blood on the Wheel” External Link
Discussion of Herrera's poem "Blood on the Wheel" External Link by Stephen Burt for the Poetry Foundation.

Book Reviews

Night Train to Tuxtla (1994)

Calling the Doves: El canto de las palomas (1995)

Love after the Riots (1996)

Mayan Drifter: Chicano Poet in the Lowlands of America (1997)

Laughing Out Loud, I Fly: A carcajadas yo vuelo (1998)

Loteria Cards and Fortune Poems: A Book of Lives (1999)

Border-Crosser with a Lamborghini Dream (1999)

Thunderweavers (2000)

The Upside Down Boy: El nino de cabeza (2000)

Notebooks of a Chile Verde Smuggler (2002)

Grandma and Me at the Flea: Los meros meros remateros (2002)

Super Cilantro Girl: La superniña del cilantro (2003)

Featherless/Desplumado (2004)

Downtown Boy (2005)

Cinnamon Girl: Letters Found inside a Cereal Box (2005)

187 Reasons Mexicanos Can't Cross the Border: Undocuments, 1971-2007 (2007)

Half the World in Light: New and Selected Poems (2008)

SkateFate (2011)

Senegal Taxi (2013)

Portraits of Hispanic American Heroes (2014)

Notes on the Assemblage (2015)

Juan Felipe Herrera in the News

Google News search on Juan Felipe Herrera External Link

Twitter results for Juan Felipe Herrera External Link

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