University of Arizona Campus  •  March 11 - 12, 2017  •  9:30am to 5:30pm
Show sidebar contents

Save the date for 2017!

March 11-12, 2017 (9:30am - 5:30pm)

Save the date for 2018!

March 10-11, 2018 (9:30am - 5:30pm)
eNEWSLETTER SIGN-UP
Email:
First:
Last:

Juan Felipe Herrera


Appearing courtesy of the University of Arizona Poetry Center

Appointed as the U.S. Poet Laureate in 2015, Juan Felipe Herrera is the son of migrant farm workers, and was educated at UCLA and Stanford University, and received his MFA from the University of Iowa Writers Workshop. His numerous poetry collections include: Notes on the Assemblage (2015) 187 Reasons Mexicanos Can't Cross the Border (2008), Half of the World in Light: New and Selected Poems (2008), Border-Crosser with a Lamborghini Dream (1999) and Senegal Taxi (2013). In addition to publishing more than a dozen collections of poetry, Herrera has written short stories, young adult novels, and children's literature.
Herrera was named California's poet laureate in 2012. 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 honors include the UC Berkeley Regent s Fellowship as well as fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, and the Stanford Chicano Fellows. He has received several grants from the California Arts Council.
Herrera is also a performance artist and activist on behalf of migrant and indigenous communities and at-risk youth. His creative work often crosses genres, including poetry opera and dance theater. His children s book, The Upside Down Boy (2000), was adapted into a musical. His books for children and young adults have won several awards, including Calling the Doves (2001), which won the Ezra Jack Keats Award, and Crashbomlove (1999), a novel-in-verse for young adults which won the Americas Award. His book, Half The World in Light won the National Book Critics Circle prize in 2009.
"

Visit website | Facebook Twitter


Scheduled events:
Juan Felipe Herrera
Half of the World in Light: New and Selected Poems For nearly four decades, Juan Felipe Herrera has documented his experience as a Chicano in the United States and Latin America through stunning, memorable poetry that is both personal and universal in its impact, themes, and approach. Often political, never fainthearted, his career has been marked by tremendous virtuosity and a unique sensibility for uncovering the unknown and the unexpected. Through a variety of stages and transformations, Herrera has evolved more than almost any other Chicano poet, always re-inventing himself into a more mature and seasoned voice.

University of Arizona Press, Booth #241 (Seats 1)
Sat, Mar 11, 10:00 am - 10:30 am
Poetry

Author: Juan Felipe Herrera
Poetry Reading: Juan Felipe Herrera
Twenty-first Poet Laureate of the United States, performance artist, and teacher Juan Felipe Herrera reads from four decades of his work.

Social & Behavioral Sciences Tent (Seats 100, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 11, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Poetry
Signing area: Signing Area - Social & Behavioral Sciences Tent (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelist: Juan Felipe Herrera
Moderator: Farid Matuk
"Because We Come From Everything" Poetry and Migration
The US Poet Laureate and the Arizona Poet Laureate address the relationship between language and human migrations.

Pima County Public Library/Nuestras Raíces/Presentation Stage (Seats 150)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 11, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Multigenre

Notice: Undefined offset: 1280 in /var/www/index_full.php on line 4180
Signing area: Invalid (1280) (following presentation)

Panelists: Juan Felipe Herrera, Alberto Alvaro Ríos
Moderator: Adela C. Licona

Books:
Notes on the Assemblage
Poetry
City Lights Publishers
September 2015
ISBN 9780872866973
Paperback, 104 pages
$14.95, INSTORE
Buy now

The Books We Love in 2016 - The New YorkerBest Poetry Collections of 2015 - The Washington PostBest Books 2015: Poetry - Library JournalBest Books of 2015 - NPR Books16 Best Poetry Books of 2015 - BuzzFeed BooksJuan Felipe Herrera, the first Latino Poet Laureate of the United States and son of Mexican immigrants, grew up in the migrant fields of California. More/less

Half of the World in Light
Poetry
University of Arizona Press
January 2008
ISBN 9780816527038
Paperback, 310 pages
$24.95, INSTORE
Buy now

Includes an audio CD of the author reading! For nearly four decades, Juan Felipe Herrera has documented his experience as a Chicano in the United States and Latin America through stunning, memorable poetry that is both personal and universal in its impact, themes, and approach. More/less

Named Sponsors

Arizona Daily Star
University of Arizona

Presenting Sponsors

Tucson Medical Center

Major Sponsors

Friend of the Festival
Pima County Public Library
Stocker Foundation
University of Arizona BookStores
University of Arizona - Facilities Management

Key Sponsors

Brucker Trust
Marshall Foundation
Monark Premium Appliance Company
William & Mary Ross Foundation
Western National Parks Association

Show sponsors