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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Congrats to Juan Felipe Herrera; Our Newest Poet Laureate

Juan Felipe Herrera, From Farm Fields to Poet Laureate
Poet Juan Felipe-Photo Credit Gary Kazanjian


The Library of Congress is to announce on Wednesday that Juan Felipe Herrera, a son of migrant farmworkers whose  writing fuses wide-ranging experimentalism with reflections on Mexican-American identity, will be the next poet laureate.The appointment is the nation’s highest honor in poetry and also something of a direct promotion for Mr. Herrera, who was poet laureate of California from 2012 to 2014. “I feel like I’m on one of those big diving boards,” Mr. Herrera, 66, said by telephone from his home in Fresno. “I was on a really high one already, and now I’m going to the highest one.” 
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Read on at: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/10/books/juan-felipe-herrera-of-california-to-be-next-poet-laureate.html?smid=tw-share

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