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Featured Webcast: Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera Closes His Term

TITLE: Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera Closes His Term 

SPEAKER: Juan Felipe Herrera 
EVENT DATE: 2016/04/13
RUNNING TIME: 97 minutes
TRANSCRIPT: View Transcript (link will open in a new window)

DESCRIPTION: Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera celebrated the conclusion of the first term of his laureateship with a reading at the Library.

Speaker Biography: Juan Felipe Herrera is the 2015-2016 Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry at the Library of Congress. In 2012, he was named poet laureate of California. Herrera is a winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for "Half the World in Light" and has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. In 1990, Herrera was a distinguished teaching fellow at the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop and he has taught elsewhere, including in prisons. He is the author of more than 25 books of poetry, novels for young adults and collections for children, most recently "Portraits of Hispanic American Heroes," a picture book showcasing inspirational Hispanic and Latino Americans. Herrera's most recent collection of poems is "Senegal Taxi."

Previous Monthly Features

February Feature: Literary Birthday - Gwendolyn Brooks (6/7/12) - 60 minutes

January Feature: Contemporary Poetry from China (10/12/11) - 80 minutes

December Feature: Literary Birthday Celebration - Edna St. Vincent Millay (02/22/13) - 57 minutes

November Feature: Asian-American Poetry Today with Garrett Hongo (04/13/12) - 60 minutes

October Feature: River of Words Award Ceremony 2012 (04/23/12) - 115 minutes

September Feature: Juan Felipe Herrera at the 2013 Book Fest (09/22/13) - 51 minutes

August Feature: Poetry and the Stars (09/05/12) - 51 minutes.

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Summer Feature: Teens & Poetry for the 21st Century (12/02/2015) - 68 minutes

June Feature: LGBT Literary Event (06/16/15) - 142 minutes

May Feature: Poet Laureate W.S. Merwin Closes the Literary Season (05/04/11) - 64 minutes

April Feature: Juan Felipe Herrera Inaugural Reading (9/15/15) - 92 minutes

March Feature: 2012 Witter Bynner Reading (4/5/12) - 88 minutes

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