Juan Felipe Herrera

Writer, Author

1948 –


Who is Juan Felipe Herrera?

Juan Felipe Herrera is a poet, performer, writer, cartoonist, teacher, and activist.

Herrera's experiences as the child of migrant farmers have strongly shaped his work, such as the children's book Calling the Doves, which won the Ezra Jack Keats Book Award in 1997. Community and art has always been part of what has driven Herrera, beginning in the mid-seventies, when he was director of the Centro Cultural de la Raza, an occupied water tank in Balboa Park that had been converted into an arts space for the community.

Herrera’s publications include fourteen collections of poetry, prose, short stories, young adult novels and picture books for children with twenty-one books in total in the last decade. Herrera was awarded the 2008 National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry for Half the World in Light. In 2012, he was appointed California Poet Laureate by Gov. Jerry Brown.

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Dec 27, 1948
Also known as
  • Herrera, Juan Felipe
  • Mexican American
  • United States of America
  • Master of Fine Arts, University of Iowa
    Creative writing
  • Master's Degree, Stanford University
    Social anthropology
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of California, Los Angeles
    Social anthropology
Lived in
  • Redlands
  • San Diego

on July 23, 2013


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