Juan Felipe Herrera wins Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize

Juan Felipe Herrera in front of an orange patterned wall in the Laureate Lab Visual Wordist Studio.

U.S. Poet Laureate Emeritus Juan Felipe Herrera, a professor emeritus of Chicano and Latin American studies at Fresno State, won a Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize in recognition of outstanding lifetime achievement in poetry.

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Standing in the warm light of poetry giant Juan Felipe Herrera

United States Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera

“Something happens in the presence of giants. There’s that warm; reddish glow,” I say to the former United States Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera. “A warm reddish glow,” he repeats. At that moment a colleague of his walks in, interrupting the conversation for a couple of minutes, which had drifted to one of his latest […]

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University honors late poet with tree, bench, writing prize

Dedication of a bench and tree in memory of late poet Mireyda "Mia" Barraza Martinez

~ By Jefferson Beavers, communications specialist, Department of English, reprinted from FresnoStateNews.com Faculty, students and community friends of the Department of English at Fresno State held a dedication ceremony Dec. 9 for a memorial tree and bench on campus in honor of the late poet and alumna Mireyda “Mia” Barraza Martinez. Barraza Martinez (pictured) died […]

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Laureate Lab: spaces for creativity — 4 poet laureates at open house

~ By Tom Uribes, reprinted from FresnoStateNews.com For the past year, Fresno State has been hatching a unique project with one of its most famous sons, United States Poet Laureate-emeritus Juan Felipe Herrera – the Laureate Lab Visual Words Studio located in the Henry Madden Library. Opened in the fall, the Lab has undergone a […]

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