The Carnegie Arts Center (CAC) and the Modesto-Stanislaus Poetry Center (MoSt) join forces to bring one of the nation’s most acclaimed writers to Turlock for a lecture/reading. Juan Felipe Herrera, U.S. Poet Laureate, will be the keynote speaker for the Carnegie’s Centennial celebration. As part of the 100th anniversary activities for Turlock’s original library building, the event will take place during the opening weekend of the Carnegie’s fall exhibition Childhood Classics: 100 Years of Original Illustration from the Art Kandy Collection, which features original artwork, special commissions, and favorite characters from as many as 75 books for children.
Public Reading, Sunday, September 18, 3p.m. Seating is limited for this event! Individual lecture tickets are $25 general, $20 for CAC or MoSt members, and $15 for students. A select group of premium tickets are available for $50 and will include a pre-lecture reception (starting at 2 p.m.) and book signing with the author.
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 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.
Herrera is also a performance artist and activist on behalf of migrant and indigenous communities and at-risk youth. His creative work often crosses genres, including poetry/opera and dance/theater. His children’s book, The Upside Down Boy (2000), was adapted into a stage musical. His books for children and young adults have won several awards, including Calling the Doves (2001), which won the Ezra Jack Keats Award, and Crashbomlove (1999), a novel-in-verse for young adults which won the Americas Award.
In 2012, Herrera was named Poet Laureate of California, and was selected as U.S. Poet Laureate in 2015. He has won the Hungry Mind Award of Distinction, the Focal Award, two Latino Hall of Fame Poetry Awards, and a PEN West Poetry Award.