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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