California’s new official poetry man is Juan Felipe Herrera (video)

by Guillermo Chespeer on March 31, 2012 in Cultura, Video


Gov. Jerry Brown has sworn in UC Riverside professor Juan Felipe Herrera as California’s Poet Laureate — the first Chicano to get the honor. In this video, Herrera reads his poem 187 reasons Mexicanos can’t cross the border. The poem illustrates the difference between Jerry Brown’s California and Jan Brewer’s Hate State of Arizona, where Mexican-American Studies are outlawed. Cali isn’t perfect, but at least we know where we came from.

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Jane Vargas April 1, 2012 at 8:15 AM

Thanks Lalo, for this wonderful introduction to Juan Felipe Herrera. Now, off to see where he will be speaking next.

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