Join California Poets in the Schools for a Poetry Reading & Book Signing with former United States Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera on Friday, August 2 from 7:30-9:00 PM at El Teatro Campesino.
About Jaun Felipe Herrera
In 2015 Juan Felipe Herrera was appointed the 21st United States Poet Laureate, the first Mexican American to hold the position. Herrera grew up in California as the son to migrant farmers, which he has commented strongly shaped much of his work. A Washington Post article tells the story that “As a child, Herrera learned to love poetry by singing about the Mexican Revolution with his mother, a migrant farmworker in California. Inspired by her spirit, he has spent his life crossing borders, erasing boundaries and expanding the American chorus.”
For 55 years, California Poets in the Schools has brought the powerful magic of poetry creation and performance to over one million students. Our work is more important than ever! Studies show that student involvement in the arts is linked to higher academic performance, increased standardized test scores, greater involvement in community service and lower dropout rates. Creativity is the #1 desired skill in today’s job market. Poetry instruction builds empathy and a sense of belonging in the classroom setting. Poetry and the arts can be a powerful, healing tool for schools and communities recovering from natural disasters and other traumas such as gun violence.
More information on California Poets in the Schools statewide symposium, CREATIVITY FOR CHANGE, which takes place in San Juan Bautista on August 2nd-4th can be found HERE .