US Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera at Skidmore

US poet laureate Juan Felipe Herrera

US Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera will be at Skidmore for a public event March 23. He'll be reading some of his poetry, answering questions from the audience, and then will be available for a book signing.

Herrera became the poet laureate almost a year ago. He grew up in California, the son of migrant farm workers, and much of his work has explored the Mexican-American experience. From his bio at the Library of Congress:

Herrera's national project during his tenure as Poet Laureate is "La Casa de Colores" ("the House of Colors"). As part of the project, Americans are invited to contribute a verse to an "epic poem" about the American experience. The poem, titled "La Familia," will unfold monthly, with a new theme each month about an aspect of American life, values or culture.

While he's at Skidmore Herrera will also be talking with students in a handful of different courses.

The March 23 public is at 7 pm in Palamountain Hall's Gannett Auditorium. It's free.

photo: Carlos Puma / University of California-Riverside

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