Juan Felipe Herrera

Writer, Author

1948 –

101

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.

We need you!

Help us build the largest biographies collection on the web!

Born
Dec 27, 1948
Fowler
Also known as
  • Herrera, Juan Felipe
Children
Ethnicity
  • Mexican American
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • 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

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

Citation

Use the citation below to add to a bibliography:

Style:MLAChicagoAPA

"Juan Felipe Herrera." Biographies.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2022. Web. 19 Aug. 2022. <https://www.biographies.net/people/en/juan_felipe_herrera>.

Discuss this Juan Felipe Herrera biography with the community:

0 Comments


    Browse Biographies.net