Juan Felipe Herrera, Newly Appointed Poet Laureate of the United States, Read His Works Sept. 26 at Nevada State College. Clark County Poet Laureate Bruce Isaacson announced a reading by the Poet Laureate of the United States, Juan Felipe Herrera, on the campus of Nevada State College in Henderson, 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26.
The reading marked Herrera’s Nevada debut after being appointed the 21st U.S. Poet Laureate in June 2015. He earned an MFA at the prestigious Iowa Writers’ Workshop and an M.A. from Stanford. He is the author of 28 books of poetry, novels for young adults and collections for children, most recently Portraits of Hispanic American Heroes (2014). His poetry books include Half of the World in Light (University of Arizona Press) and 187 Reasons Mexicanos Can’t Cross the Border (City Lights). His latest book, Notes on the Assemblage (City Lights) was in pre-release and was available at the reading.Mr. Herrera also conducted a Writers’ Workshop at the Clark County Library, 1401 Flamingo Rd., at 3:00 p.m. on September 26. He is the first Hispanic poet to serve in the position. When his appointment was announced he said: “This is a mega-honor for me, for my family and my parents who came up north before and after the Mexican Revolution of 1910 — the honor is bigger than me.”