A few months following his inauguration as United States Poet Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera opened the 2016 season of Winter Words. He followed with a visit to Glenwood Springs High School to meet with students and teachers. Visit out blog for a full recap of his Winter Words talk.

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Juan Felipe Herrera
is the 21st Poet Laureate of the United States (2015-2016) and is the first Latino to hold the position. From 2012-2014, Herrera served as California State Poet Laureate. Herrera’s many collections of poetry include Notes on the Assemblage; Senegal Taxi; Half of the World in Light: New and Selected Poems, a recipient of the PEN/Beyond Margins Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award; and 187 Reasons Mexicanos Can’t Cross The Border: Undocuments 1971-2007. He is also the author of Crashboomlove: A Novel in Verse, which received the Americas Award. His books of prose for children include: SkateFate, Calling The Doves, which won the Ezra Jack Keats Award; Upside Down Boy, which was adapted into a musical for young audiences in New York City; and Cinnamon Girl: Letters Found Inside a Cereal Box. Herrera is also a performance artist and activist on behalf of migrant and indigenous communities and at-risk youth.


This podcast features three of America’s most powerful poetic voices, beginning with an excerpt from U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera’s 2016 Winter Words talk, and followed by an Aspen Ideas Festival conversation with Elizabeth Alexander (author of The Light of the World) and Claudia Rankine (author of Citizen: An American Lyric).