Thursday, August 27, 2009
Poetry Off the Shelf
Poetry Off the Shelf: Juan Felipe Herrera
The Jazz Showcase
806 South Dearborn
Wednesday, September 16, 2009 - 7:30pm
Juan Felipe Herrera is a poet, photographer, playwright, artist and an activist on behalf of migrant and indigenous communities and at-risk youth. His numerous poetry collections include 187 Reasons Mexicanos Can’t Cross the Border: Undocuments 1971–2007 and Border-Crosser with a Lamborghini Dream (1999). His book Half of the World in Light: New and Selected Poems was the co-winner of the 2008 National Book Critics Circle Award for poetry. In addition to publishing more than a dozen collections of poetry, Herrera has written short stories, young adult novels, and children’s literature. 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. A booksigning follows the reading.