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U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera Appears at Seton Hall University on April 11, 2016  

 Juan Felipe HerreraThe Joseph A. Unanue Latino Institute presents U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera reading from his featured bilingual works, including Notes of the Assemblage, at Seton Hall University on Monday, April 11, at 6 p.m. in Jubilee Auditorium.

The son of migrant farm workers, Herrera was appointed the nation’s first Mexican-American Poet Laureate in 2015, also serving as California’s poet laureate from 2012-2014. A performance artist and activist on behalf of migrant and indigenous communities and at-risk youth, he writes passionately about social issues. His influences include Allen Ginsberg and Luis Valdez and his own immersion in the Chicano Civil Rights Movement.

Herrera’s work crosses creative genres, including opera and dance theater, such as 187 Reasons Mexicanos Can’t Cross the Borders, which chronicles his involvement with spoken word and street movement performance troupes across the country. "As a Latina I feel very proud that the outstanding and prolific work of this humble Chicano has been recognized by the Library of Congress, making him the first Latino to receive this distinction. I can't wait to listen to his poetry both in English and in Spanish," said Denisse Oller, Executive Director of the Joseph A. Unanue Latino Institute, inviting the community to this free event.

Herrera was honored in February with the L.A. Times Robert Kirsch Award for lifetime achievement. In presenting the award, Book Prizes Director Robert Turan noted, “we are delighted to honor Juan Felipe Herrera’s remarkable 45-year career as a writer, teacher, and activist. His literary contributions include poetry, prose, young adult novels and children’s literature, and his work in all artistic forms highlights a life dedicated to giving voice to those who are not always heard.”

Herrera has received fellowships and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Arts Council, the University of California at Berkeley, the Middlebury Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Stanford Chicano Fellows Program, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He was educated at UCLA and Stanford University in Social Anthropology and receive his MFA from the University of Iowa’s Writers’ Workshop. He has taught at the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop and served as chair of the Chicano and Latin American Studies Department at CSU-Fresno, recently retiring from the Creative Writing Department at UC Riverside.

This event is being presented in collaboration with the College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Lecture Series, Poetry-in-the-Round, the Department of English, Latin American and Latino/Latina Studies, and the School of Diplomacy and International Relations. Following the reading and discussion, there will be a book-signing with the author.

Categories: Arts and Culture , Campus Life

For more information, please contact:

  • Franchesca Guzman
  • (973) 761-9422
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