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Juan Felipe Herrera Named California Poet Laureate and Sworn in by Governor Brown
UC Riverside Professor a renowned poet


Published: 03-22-2012

Juan Felipe HerreraGovernor Jerry Brown has appointed Juan Felipe Herrera as the California Poet Laureate. Herrera, 63, is the author of 28 books and currently serves as the Tomas Rivera Endowed Chair in the Department of Creative Writing at the University of California, Riverside. He was a professor and chair of Chicano and Latin American Studies at California State University, Fresno, from 1990 to 2004 and a teaching assistant fellow at the renowned Iowa Writer's Workshop at the University of Iowa from 1988 to 1990. Herrera's work has received wide critical acclaim including numerous national and international awards. The appointment requires Senate confirmation. 

The mission of the California Poet Laureate is to advocate for the art of poetry in classrooms and boardrooms across the state, to inspire an emerging generation of literary artists, and to educate all Californians about the many poets and authors who have influenced our great state through creative literary expression.

GOVERNOR'S PRESS RELEASE ON APPOINTMENT

GOVERNOR'S PRESS RELEASE ON SWEARING IN


The California Arts Council manages the nomination process for the California Poet Laureate as established by law. After a call to the general public for nominations, applications are reviewed by an expert peer panel to narrow the number. Panel recommendations are sent to the Governor's office for additional vetting. The Governor makes the final selection and names the California Poet Laureate, who must be confirmed by the Senate.

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The California Arts Council congratulates Mr. Herrera.