If you can imagine that you have some sense of what it takes to be designated California Poet Laureate.
Our poet laureate is tasked with introducing poetry to those who might have not have many opportunities to gain exposure to the form.
Juan Felipe Herrera is our current Poet Laureate and he is the first Chicano/Latino to be elevated to that position. 29 volumes of his works of poetry, spoken word, novels for young adults, and collections for children have been published. He has won many national awards, is a member of the Board of Chancellors of the Academy of American Poetry, and teaches creative writing at U.C., Riverside.
If you are in the area please drop by Creveling Lounge to meet our Poet Laureate.