PAINTED POEMS WORKSHOP
SAN JOSE MUSEUM OF ART
110 S Market St, San Jose, CA 95110
April 9th, 2:30pm
$30 ADMISSION, $15 STUDENTS, 5 Scholarships available to full-time students
Migration & Diaspora
JUAN FELIPE HERRERA IN CONVERSATION WITH ALAN SOLDOFSKY
MLK LIBRARY 225/229
150 E San Fernando St, San Jose, CA 95112
April 9th, 7:00pm-8:00pm
JUAN FELIPE HERRERA
Former U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera is the son of migrant farm workers, Herrera was educated at UCLA and Stanford University, and he earned his MFA from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His numerous poetry collections include Notes for the Assemblage (2015), 187 Reasons Mexicanos Can’t Cross the Border: Undocuments 1971-2007, Half of the World in Light: New and Selected Poems (2008), and Border-Crosser with a Lamborghini Dream (1999). In addition to publishing more than a dozen collections of poetry, Herrera has written short stories, young adult novels, and children’s literature. He served as U.S. Poet Laureate 2015-2017 and California Poet Laureate 2012-2014. He is an emeritus Professor of Creative Writing at University of California, Riverside, and also emeritus Professor of English and Chicano Studies at California State University, Fresno.
Since leaving office, Juan Felipe Herrera has returned to Fresno where he has opened the Laureate’s Lab, a space for creativity in the CSU Fresno Library. There he oversees the Visual Words Studios, where poets and visual artists experiment with creating painted works of poetry and exploring how words can be taken to new dimensions through a variety of visual media. Herrera is coming to the San Jose Museum of Art to lead students to explore the possibilities of using paint to create new works of visual poetry. Art supplies will be provided to all who attend.
At 7:00 PM, Juan Felipe Herrera will stop by San Jose State University to take part in a conversation with SJSU’s director of Creative Writing, Alan Soldofsky, whose interview with Herrera and article about his work will appear in a forthcoming issue of The MELUS Journal, the journal of the Society for the Study of Multiethnic Literature in the United States.
Cosponsored by San Jose Museum of Art, Poetry Center San Jose & CATS (Contemporary Asian Theater Scene)