U.S. Poet Laureate to Read at Kent State University

University Library Quiet Study Area

By Ellie Enselein

U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera will read poetry and host a question and answer session on Tuesday, April 4, at 1 p.m. in the University Library Quiet Study Area. The event will be followed by the sixth annual U.S. Poetry Laureate Reading in the Kent Student Center Kiva at 7:30 p.m.

Herrera, the 21st Poet Laureate of the United States, is the first Latino to hold the honor. Herrera is a poet, performance artist and activist for migrants, the indigenous communities and at-risk youth. Before being named the U.S. Poet Laureate, Herrera was the California State Poet Laureate.

“Throughout his long career, Juan Felipe Herrera has been eloquently writing across borders and translating the emotional truth of our lives,” says David Hassler, director of the Wick Poetry Center.

“His timely visit to Kent State will not only help us celebrate National Poetry Month, but will also conclude the Wick Center’s monthlong coordinated programming with the national Poetry Coalition on the theme of migration. We are thrilled to bring the nation’s first Latino Poet Laureate to Kent.”   

Herrera has several poetry collections published, including Notes on the Assemblage, Sengal Taxi and Half of the World in Light: New and Selected Poems. He wrote Crashboomlove: A Novel in Verse and children’s prose books, including SkateFate.

The event is hosted by the Wick Poetry Center and co-sponsored by the University Library and the Honors College.

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