21st U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera

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Currier Museum of Art

150 Ash Street

Manchester, NH 03104

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21st U.S. Poet Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera, will speak at a free public event that includes a poetry reading, performance and conversation followed by a book signing at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester on Wednesday, April 11. The program celebrates the power of poetry and New Hampshire Humanities’ Connections adult literacy program. Herrera’s visit to New Hampshire kicks off the Connections program’s “Year of New Voices” and also includes a visit to a classroom of international English language learners at the Nashua Adult Learning Center.

ABOUT JUAN FELIPE HERRERA: Born in California in 1948, Herrera was the son of migrant farmers who moved often, living in trailers or tents along the roads of the San Joaquin Valley. He began drawing cartoons while in middle school, and by high school was playing music by Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie. One of the first wave of Chicanos to receive an Educational Opportunity Program scholarship to attend UCLA, Herrera became immersed in the Chicano Civil Rights Movement, and performed in experimental theater, influenced by Allen Ginsberg and Luis Valdez. His interests in indigenous cultures inspired him to lead a formal Chicano trek to Mexican Indian villages, from the rain forest of Chiapas to the mountains of Nayarit. The experience greatly changed him as an artist and his work has made Herrera a leading voice on the Mexican American and indigenous experience. He is the author of many collections of poetry, including Notes on the Assemblage, Senegal Taxi, and Half of the World in Light: New and Selected Poems.

This event is free and open to the public. Limited seating. For more information about the Connections program, visit www.nhhumanities.org/connections.

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Currier Museum of Art

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