FIRST MEXICAN AMERICAN U.S. POET LAUREATE JUAN FELIPE HERRERA TO HEADLINE IMMIGRANT CELEBRATION IN NEW MEXICO;
POET TO PARTICIPATE IN SOMOS UN PUEBLO UNIDO'S 20TH ANNIVERSARY EVENTS
December 4, 2015
SANTA FE, NM--Today and tomorrow, Somos Un Pueblo Unido will present the last of a series of events marking its 20 years of advancing civil and worker's rights in New Mexico. Newly appointed U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera will be the keynote speaker atSomos' 20th Anniversary Gala & Awards Ceremony on Friday, December 4th. He will then participate in a reading and conversation moderated by former Santa Fe Poet Laureate Valerie Martínez on Saturday, December 5th at the Lensic Performing Arts Center.
The son of migrant farm workers, Herrera was educated at UCLA and Stanford University. He earned his MFA from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. His numerous poetry collections include 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.
Somos Un Pueblo Unido 20th Anniversary Gala & Awards Ceremony
With U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera
Friday, December 4th
Santa Fe Convention Center
Tickets: $35 (adults) $5 (children under 12)
To purchase tickets go to www.somosunpueblounido.org or call 424-7832
Somos 20 Años and the Lannan Foundation Present:
A Reading and Conversation with U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera and former Santa Fe Poet Laureate Valerie Martínez
Saturday, December 5th
Lensic Performing Arts Center (211 W. San Francisco St. Santa Fe, NM)
To purchase tickets call (505) 988-1234 or go to ticketssantafe.org
For more information about Somos Un Pueblo Unido click here.
Events co-sponsored by the Lannan Foundation, Collected Works Bookstore and the Lensic Performing Arts Center.
Somos Un Pueblo Unido is a statewide immigrant-led civil and worker's rights organization with membership teams in ten counties and offices in Santa Fe and Roswell.