PRHS celebrates Poetry Month with U.S. Poet Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera


PASO ROBLES — Paso Robles High School will celebrate Poetry Month with a recital by Juan Felipe Herrera, the United States Poet Laureate of 2015. Herrera was appointed California’s Poet Laureate in 2012 by Governor Jerry Brown. Herrera is the author of 30 books, including collections of poetry, prose, short stories, young adult novels, and picture books for children.

The recital will take place on Thursday, April 11 at 10 a.m. in the schools Performing Arts Center. It is open to all students at PRHS on a first come, first seated basis.

Juan Felipe Herrera is the son of migrant farm workers. He was educated at UCLA and Stanford University. Herrera earned his MFA from the University of Iowa Writer’s Workshop.

Herrera’s books include “Half of the World in Light: New and Selected Poems” (2008) which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Prize in 2009 and “Calling the Doves” (2001) which won the Ezra Jack Keats Award. His most recent works include “Imagine” (2018) and “Jabberwalking” (2018).

Herrera 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 Writer’s Conference, the Stanford Chicano Fellows Program, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He has also received several fellowships and grants from the California Arts Council.

Herrera has served as chair of the Chicano and Latin American Studies Department at CSU-Fresno, and he recently retired from the Creative Writing Department at UC Riverside. Herrera lives in Fresno.

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