The Poet Laureate of the United States: a Conversation with Juan Felipe Herrera

  • Carl Fields Center 104 58 Prospect Avenue Princeton, NJ, 08540 United States

Join the Princeton Latino Graduate Student Association as they host Poet Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera. Juan Felipe Herrera was born in Fowler, California, on December 27, 1948. The son of migrant farmers, Herrera moved often, living in trailers or tents along the roads of the San Joaquin Valley in Southern California. As a child, he attended school in a variety of small towns from San Francisco to San Diego. His interests in indigenous cultures inspired him to lead a formal Chicano trek to Mexican Indian villages, from the rain forest of Chiapas to the mountains of Nayarit. In 2015, Herrera was named Poet Laureate of the United States, for which he launched the project La Casa de Colores, which invites citizens to contribute to an epic poem.