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Meet Juan Felipe Herrera, first-ever Latino Poet Laureate of the US

Juan Felipe Herrera, the son of Mexican migrant workers, talks to Michael about the power of poetry, and his pride in his heritage at a time when some in the U.S. Republican Party say they want to ship 11 million back to Mexico - and build a wall!
Juan Felipe Herrera (Courtesy of Blue Flower Arts)

His poetry reflects his passion for social justice. It gives voice to the dispossessed, and celebrates the ordinary worker struggling to make it through another day. His name is Juan Felipe Herrera, the first-ever Latino Poet Laureate of the US.

Mr. Herrera has earned critical acclaim and numerous awards, including the Guggenheim Fellowship, the National Book Critics Award, and the Latino International Award. His work evokes comparisons to poets as diverse as the great Walt Whitman and Allen Ginsberg. His latest collection of poems is called Notes on the Assemblage. 
Book jacket for "Notes on the Assemblage" by Juan Felipe Herrera.


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