Aberg Center for Literacy presents Juan Felipe Herrera: Literacy in Motion
U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera will headline a lively evening of poetry and performance benefiting Aberg Center for Literacy. The event will also spotlight prominent poets and spoken word artists from the Dallas community.
A prolific, award-winning poet and writer, Herrera is also a cartoonist, teacher, performer, and activist on behalf of migrant and indigenous communities and at-risk youth. The first Latino poet laureate, he earned his MFA from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop after earning BA and masters degrees in social anthropology from UCLA and Stanford University, respectively. His introduction to poetry came from his mother who sang, told stories and recited poetry to her young son as they worked in fields or traveled from farm to farm through Southern California.
Moderated by Krys Boyd host of KERA 90.1 FM’s mid-day talk show Think, the evening will include conversations with Herrera, World Poetry Slam Champion Joaquin Zihuatanejo, and others.