As part of the city-wide MEXAM NW Festival 2021, ArtXchange Gallery proudly presents a poetry reading by Juan Felipe Herrera, the first Latino US poet laureate, that explores the themes in Fulgencio Lazo's exhibition Estrellas del Norte al Sur. Co-sponsored by the Consulate of Mexico in Seattle.
The son of migrant farm workers, Herrera was educated at UCLA and Stanford University, and he earned his MFA from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His numerous poetry collections include 187 Reasons Mexicanos Can’t Cross the Border: Undocuments 1971-2007, Half of the World in Light: New and Selected Poems (2008), and Border-Crosser with a Lamborghini Dream (1999). In addition to publishing more than a dozen collections of poetry, Herrera has written short stories, young adult novels, and children’s literature. In 2015, he was named the 21st U.S. poet laureate, the first (and only) Latino writer to receive this honor." (Promo Copy)