California’s Juan Felipe Herrera Named U.S. Poet Laureate


Former California Poet Laureate becomes first Mexican American to hold this national post

Washington, D.C. – Librarian of Congress James H. Billington today announced the appointment of Juan Felipe Herrera as the Library’s 21st Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry, for 2015-2016. Herrera will take up his duties in the fall. From 2012 to 2014, Herrera served as California Poet Laureate upon the appointment of Governor Jerry Brown.

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