Juan Felipe Herrera — U.S. Poet Laureate

I first saw a posting with the news about Juan Felipe Herrera being the next Poet Laureate of the United States on Mike Sonksen’s Facebook page. I checked further and found an article in the NY Times that confirmed Mike’s posting.

I am delighted that Juan Felipe Herrera has been appointed to this post and feel very fortunate to have asked him a year ago to be part of a conference I have organized for this summer, “The Poet’s Metamorphosis.” The other poets include Marilyn Nelson, Douglas Kearney, Ellen Bass, and Cecilia Woloch. ┬áMarilyn Nelson has been the poet laureate of Connecticut and Ellen Bass the poet laureate of Santa Cruz. Regardless of their titles, these are all poets I deeply admire and respect. If you would be interested in joining this conference, applications are still being taken until June 15. Write me at William.BillMohr@gmail.com or William.Mohr@csulb.edu