California Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera shares a poem he wrote just days after the beating of Rodney King. Juan Felipe Herrera has received multiple awards for his work.
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California Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera has received numerous awards and fellowships including various National Endowment for the Arts Writers’ Fellowships, four California Arts Council grants, the UC Berkeley Regent’s Fellowship, the Breadloaf Fellowship in Poetry, and the Stanford Chicano Fellows Fellowship. He has published 21 books of poetry, prose, short stories, young adult novels and picture books for children. His literary endeavors have garnered the Ezra Jack Keats Award, the Hungry Mind Award of Distinction, the Americas Award, and the Focal Award.