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News: PCC Welcomes California Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera


As part of its celebration of National Poetry Month, Pasadena City College will host a reception for California Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera on Tuesday, March 19, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in PCC’s Creveling Lounge.

Known for his work in socially-centered poetics, Herrera often reads and performs at schools, prisons and farm worker camps, and in many college campuses across the nation. He’s published 29 books of poetry, spoken word, novels for young adults, and collections for children.

Herrera has won numerous awards, including the Guggenheim Fellowship, the National Book Critic’s Circle Award, the Latino International Award, the PEN USA Award, and the Josephine Miles Pen/Oakland Award. He is currently a member of the Board of Chancellors of the Academy of American Poetry, and teaches creative writing at UC Riverside.

This event is open to students, faculty, and staff and is presented in partnership with the Latino Heritage and the Latino Arts Network of California via grant from the Pasadena Arts and Culture Commission and the California Arts Council.While here, Herrera will encourage participants to submit ideas and stanzas for his various poetry projects on migration, healing, and unity.

“If you want to write for the people pour kindness inside every word,” Herrera said.

For more information, please call (626) 585-3241.

Release Date: 03/13/2013
Contact: Juan F. Gutierrez , Director, Public Relations
Phone: (626) 585-7315

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