Friday Feature: Juan Felipe Herrera

Dr Ellen Ochoa Friday Feature

Some consider Tia Lupita Hot Sauce poetry- a language spoken with spice and flavor that is music to the ears. While yes, extremely delicious, we can’t hold a candle to this legit Poet Laureate. Today we turn the spotlight on Juan Felipe Herrera, the first Mexican American Poet Laureate.

Juan was born in 1948 in Fowler, California. He is the son of migrant farm workers and moved often living in tents or trailers along the roads in the San Joaquin Valley. In 1967 he received a scholarship to UCLA and became immersed in the Chicano Civil Rights movement. After receiving his Masters in Social Anthropology from Stanford in 1980, he went on to earn a Masters in Fine Arts from Iowa University in 1990.

Herrera learned to love poetry singing songs about the Mexican Revolution with his Mother. Inspired by her spirit, he has spent his life crossing borders, erasing boundaries and expanding the American chorus. He is the author of 30 books including collections of poetry, prose, short stories, young adult novels and picture books for children.

Herrera is also a performance artist and activist working on behalf of migrant and indigenous communities and at-risk youth. We are proud of his artistic prowess and commitment to making the world a better place for all

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