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Juan Felipe Herrera Public Reading

¡Poesía Now! The Power of Poetry in Our Lives, featuring U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera

Friday, September 30, 2016, 7:30pm

Buskirk-Chumley Theater

Juan Felipe Herrera¡Poesía Now! The Power of Poetry in Our Lives, featuring U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera

Indiana University proudly welcomes the current United States Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera to Bloomington for a day-long celebration of Poetry and Latino culture.

UPDATE: Tickets for this event are now sold out. However, there will be a standby line for non-ticket holders. Those waiting in the standby line will be invited to fill available empty seats just before the event begins. 

In 2015, Herrera was appointed as the nation’s 21st Poet Laureate, and the first Latino to be named to the distinguished position. Mr. Herrera is the author of over thirty books and collections of poetry and he is the recipient of numerous national and international awards, including from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Breadloaf Writers’ Conference. Mr. Herrera writes in a wide variety of forms and genres, including poetry, prose, young adult fiction, and children’s books, and his work empowers Latino and other minority communities, giving voice to those too often not represented on the national stage. Through his writing and other work, Mr. Herrera is a tireless champion for young people and an advocate for the power of poetry.

As part of national Hispanic Heritage Month, the event brings together the IU campus, local area schools, and the City of Bloomington. Together we celebrate the work that poetry can do to create community and the work our communities can do, together, to shape our world.

Please join us for a reading and discussion with Mr. Herrera the evening of September 30, 2016, 7:30pm, at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater, 114 East Kirkwood Avenue, Bloomington, IN 47408.

The event is free and open to the public, but a ticket is required. Please visit the BCT box office, in person or online, to obtain tickets: www.buskirkchumley.org.

This event is sponsored by the College Arts & Humanities Institute; Chiricú Journal: Latina/o Literatures, Arts & Cultures; the Latino Studies Program; IU’s College of Arts and Sciences Ostrom Grants Program; the Center for Research on Race & Ethnicity in Society; the Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies; the Department of American Studies; the Department of English; the Creative Writing Program; the Department of Spanish & Portuguese; La Casa Latino Cultural Center; the Susan D. Gubar Chair in Literature; and the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity & Multicultural Affairs.

For more information, please contact Alberto Varon, avaron[at]indiana[dot]edu