As he begins his term as Poet Lauareate, Herrera is set to become the 21st Poet Laureate and sits down with Democracy Now! to talk about what inspires his writings, his perspective as a bilingual writer, his goals as Poet Laureate and to read his poem in honor of the 43 missing Mexican students from Ayotzinapa.
Video: Juan Felipe Herrera begins term as U.S. Poet Laureate
LatinaLista — Juan Felipe Herrera is the first Latino granted the distinction of being U.S. Poet Laureate. With a background iconic of the migrant farmworker experience, Herrera's trajectory from the son of migrant farmworkers is reflective in his works, that serve as a testament to the Chicano experience.