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July 01, 2015Caitlin Fitzwater

Media Advisory: California Legislative Joint Committee on the Arts to Honor New U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera on Monday, July 6

Senator Ben Allen and Assemblymember Ian Calderon to present joint resolution on Senate Floor

What: Members of the Legislative Joint Committee on the Arts Honor New U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera, former Poet Laureate of the State of California

Juan Felipe HerreraWhen: Monday, July 6 at noon

Where: Senate Chambers, State Capitol, Sacramento


  • Juan Felipe Herrera, newly appointed U.S. Poet Laureate
  • Senator Ben Allen, Chair, Joint Committee on Arts
  • Assemblymember Ian Calderon, Vice Chair, Joint Committee on Arts
  • Members of the Joint Committee on Arts


  • Committee Contact: Lauren Pizer Mains, 310-318-6994
  • Media Contact: Caitlin Fitzwater, California Arts Council, 916-533-8623

About Juan Felipe Herrera

Appointed by the Librarian of Congress on June 10th, Mr. Herrera will commence his official duties in September, as our national 2015-2016 "Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry". Mr. Herrera has received many past honors and served as California's poet laureate from 2012-2014. A distinguished and inspiring writer, Mr. Herrera will be the nation's first Latino poet laureate since the position was created in 1936.

Herrera was born in Fowler, California, in 1948. As the son of migrant farm workers, he moved around often, living in tents and trailers along the road in Southern California, and attended school in a variety of small towns from San Francisco to San Diego. In 1972 he graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with a bachelor's degree in social anthropology. He then attended Stanford University, where he received a master's degree in social anthropology, and in 1990 received a Masters of Fine Arts at the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. (Photo: Courtesy of Blue Flower Arts)

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The Mission of the California Arts Council, a state agency, is to advance California through the arts and creativity. The Council is committed to building public will and resources for the arts; fostering accessible arts initiatives that reflect contributions from all of California's diverse populations; serving as a thought leader and champion for the arts; and providing effective and relevant programs and services.

Members of the California Arts Council include: Chair Donn K. Harris, Vice Chair Susan Steinhauser, Michael Alexander, Phoebe Beasley, Christopher Coppola, Kathleen Gallegos, Jaime Galli, Nashormeh Lindo, Steven Oliver, and Rosalind Wyman. Learn more at


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