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.