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Juan Felipe Herrera

Notes on the Assemblage

Juan Felipe Herrera is author of more than a dozen collections of poetry as well as short stories and children’s literature. He has won the Hungry Mind Award of Distinction, the Focal Award, two Latino Hall of Fame Poetry Awards, and a PEN West Poetry Award. His honors include the UC Berkeley Regent’s Fellowship as well as fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the Stanford Chicano Fellows. The son of migrant farm workers, Herrera was educated at UCLA and Stanford and earned his MFA from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He was named California's poet laureate in 2012 and the U.S. poet laureate in 2015. Notes on the Assemblage combines erasure, translation, and elegy in a challenging but immensely rewarding collection that reveals the fraught places where lives fuse and cleave and people are marked by both violence and tenderness. The Washington Post calls the volume a splendid introduction to this poet's expansive work. In its starred review, Library Journal writes, "As he assumes his post as the 21st U.S. Poet Laureate—Herrera is releasing a visually acute, punch-in-the-gut collection that shows off both his craft and his heart. Wound even more tightly than his previous collections … As always, Herrera’s signature language is immediate, visceral, in the moment, sometimes razzy-jazzy, and compacted to create intensive feeling. Urgently written and important to read, even if Herrera weren’t in the Library of Congress limelight.”

Monday, April 16: Talk on Notes on the Assemblage
Wednesday, April 18: Juan Felipe Herrera visits
Juan Felipe Herrera
2018