Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Visiting Writers Series presents Juan Felipe Herrera

Thursday, November 15
Lenoir-Rhyne University

Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Visitors Writers Serious (VWS) will present Juan Felipe Herrera, on Thursday, November 15 in Grace Chapel at 7 p.m. 

Juan Felipe Herrera is a poet, performer, and activist who served as the United States' first Chicano Poet Laureate from 2015-2017. He has published over thirty books and was awarded the Robert Kirsch Award for lifetime achievement in 2015. In 2014, he released the nonfiction work Portraits of Hispanic American Heroes, which showcases twenty Hispanic and Latino-American individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the arts, politics, science, humanitarianism, and athletics, an homage to those who have helped shape our nation. The New York Times noted, “the fire that appears again and again in Herrera’s poetry exists to illuminate, to make beautiful, to purify,” in response to his 2015 collection, Notes on the Assemblage. Herrera has taught at the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, UC Riverside, and served as chair of the Chicano and Latin American Studies Department at CSU-Fresno. Herrera has also served as a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets from 2011 to 2016. He has received numerous awards including the National Book Critics Circle Award, the PEN/Beyond Margins Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2010. His most recent book, Jabberwalking, a children’s book focused on turning your wonder at the world around you into weird, wild, incandescent poetry, was released in March 2018.

Sponsors of the 2018-19 VWS include: Barnes & Noble, NC Arts Council, United Arts Council of Catawba County, National Endowment for the Arts, Hickory Hop, Crowne Plaza, Café Rule, Hickory Public Library, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams and Robert Abbey Fine Lighting.

Mission Statement:

The Visiting Writers Series of Lenoir-Rhyne University believes that reading is an essential element in the creation of vibrant communities. We invite authors to read from their own works in a relaxed environment before university and community audiences. We believe the beauty and power of words help us make sense of the world. Children's writers, mystery writers, essayists, poets, novelists all participate in this celebration of the written and spoken word. We believe that a community of readers is a better community.



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Thursday, November 15 · add to calendar 2018-11-15 09:00:00 2018-11-15 17:00:00 America/New_York Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Visiting Writers Series presents Juan Felipe Herrera https://charlottecultureguide.com/event/423175/lenoir-rhyne-universitys-visiting-writers-series-presents-juan-felipe-herrera Lenoir-Rhyne University, 625 7th Ave NE, Hickory, NC, 28601
Free and open to the public. Tickets are recommended in advance for Laila Lalami, Armistead Maupin, and Louise Penny.
Call 828.328.7206 to order.

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