US poet laureate to read from his works at Duke University

Juan Felipe Herrera
This handout photo provided by the University of California-Riverside shows Juan Felipe Herrera. Herrera, the son of migrant farm workers in California, will be the next U.S. poet in chief. The Library of Congress announced Wednesday the appointment of Herrera as the nation's 21st poet laureate for 2015 through 2016, beginning in September. Herrera, 66, whose parents emigrated from Mexico, will be the nation's first Latino poet laureate since the position was created in 1936. (Carlos Puma/University of California-Riverside via AP)

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — The U.S. poet laureate who is the first Mexican-American and Latino to hold the position will read from his works at Duke University.

Juan Felipe Herrera also will meet the public during the free event that begins at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in the David M. Rubenstein Library’s Gothic Reading Room.

Herrera is a poet, photographer, anthropologist, cartoonist and multimedia artist who was selected as the nation’s 21st poet laureate in June 2015. His publications include 14 collections of poetry, prose, short stories, a young adult novel and picture books for children with 21 books in total in the last decade.

He has initiated the project “La Casa de Colores” (“The House of Colors”) where he asked Americans to contribute to an epic poem about the American experience.