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Award-winning Poet to Read Selected Works


Award-winning Poet to Read Selected Works

Juan Felipe Herrera featured in series of readings by regional authors on May 18 at UC Riverside.

(April 28, 2011)

Juan Felipe Herrera

Juan Felipe Herrera

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Award-winning poet Juan Felipe Herrera will read selections of his work at noon May 18 in the Orbach Science Library, room 240. Herrera is a professor of creative writing and holder of the Tomás Rivera Endowed Chair in Creative Writing. He is also an activist, actor and artist.

The poetry reading is free and open to the public. Parking costs $6.

Born in Fowler, Calif., to migrant farm workers, Herrera was educated at UCLA, Stanford University and the University of Iowa. His poetry collections include “187 Reasons Mexicanos Can’t Cross the Border: Undocuments 1971-2007,” “Half of the World in Light: New and Selected Poems” (2008), and “Border-Crosser with a Lamborghini Dream” (1999). He also has authored numerous volumes of poetry, prose, theater, children’s books and young adult novels.

Among his awards are the PEN/Beyond Margins Award, International Latino Award in poetry, National Book Critics Circle Award, PEN USA Award, Guggenheim Fellowship in poetry, fellowships and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the California Arts Council, and election to the Board of Chancellors of the Academy of American Poets.

Stephen Burt, a New York Times critic, characterized Herrera as one of the first poets to successfully create “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.”

The poetry reading is sponsored by the UCR Libraries and Librarians Association of the University of California, Riverside, part of an ongoing series of presentations of poetry and other writings from campus and regional authors. Light refreshments will be provided and attendees are welcome to bring their lunches.

For more information contact Steve Mitchell at smitch@ucr.edu or (951) 827-6454.

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