Lecture With California Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera

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California Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera will speak at the Pollak Library as part of the campus Sustainability Distinguished Lecture Series.

"If you want to write for the people, pour kindness inside every word." -- Juan Felipe Herrera

About the Program

Program Title: "Sustain the Heart First—the Key for Deep Change"

Date: Tuesday April 23, 2013
Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm
Location: Pollak Library North 130
Admission: Free and open to the public  (normal campus parking rules apply)

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About the Speaker

Juan Felipe Herrera became involved with the new socially centered poetics and the street teatro Civil Rights movement in the late sixties – reading and performing at schools, prisons, farm worker camps and in many college campuses across the nation. Almost in every city he has lived in or visited, Juan Felipe founded poetry and mixed media troupes: Teatro Tolteca in Los Angeles, 1971, TROKA in San Francisco, 1983, Teatro Zapata in Fresno, 1992, Manikrudo in Humbolt, 1996, and the Verbal Coliseum in Riverside, 2007.

With over forty years on the road and twenty-nine books published in poetry, spoken word, novels for young adults and collections for children, Juan Felipe’s recent awards include the Guggenheim Fellowship, the National Book Critic’s Circle Award, the Latino International Award, the PEN USA award and the Josephine Miles Pen/Oakland Award. A member of the Board of Chancellors of the Academy of American Poets, Juan Felipe was recently appointed by California Governor Brown as the California Poet Laureate. As California Poet Laureate, he invites students and community to send poems on Unity to him at Juan.herrera@ucr.edu. He is also calling on students to join his i-Promise Joanna Project in Bullying in the schools. He plans to broadcast these through smart phones and digital billboards - in order to stem the tides of violence here and abroad. He is Professor of Creative Writing at UC-Riverside.


Pollak Library, American Studies Department, Geography Department, Chicana and Chicano Studies, Geography Club, American Studies Student Association, Asian American Studies, English and Comparative Literature, Freshman Programs.

Location & Floor Map

This program will be held on April 23, 2013, in room PLN-130 in the First Floor North of Pollak Library.