Juan Felipe Herrera Poet Laureate of California

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The Most Incredible and Biggest Poem on Unity in the World
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Answer Cancer with a Poem
Healing cancer with your poetry

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LoWriter of the Week: Nayelly Barrios

Monday, 6 June 2013
In My Mother’s Hands After heavy rain, my mother followed her father into the mountains through coyonoistle, huizache, mesquite. The rain had etched for her […]

LoWriter of the Week: Ángel García

Wednesday, 6 June 2013
Self Portrait as My Seventy-two Year Old Father This morning, in the bathroom, hunched over the sink, I brush with every frayed bristle, the teeth […]

LoWriter of the Week: Greg Emilio

Tuesday, 5 May 2013
Threnody for a Broken Woman on the Sidewalk La Paz, Bolivia You were folded over like a half-closed lawn chair, rusted, contorted, too easy to […]

Governor Jerry Brown and his appointment staff, Teresa Holoman and Monica Pasquil, Chancellor Tim White and Dean Stephen Cullenberg – UC-Riverside, Kristen Margolis, California Arts Council, Ralph Lewin, Cal Humanities, Lorna Dee Cervantes, all the poets of California that have mentored me during the last forty five years, Elaine Katzenberger, Renato Rosaldo, PEN USA, Poets & Writers, Poetry Flash, Margo Robles, my partner, children & the trees, earth & sky. And Kenji Liu for this site. Remembrance for my mentor, the late Victor Martinez and cousin, Margo Sage.

You are invited to send new and used children’s and young adult books to two communities that are in need and are doing magnífico work with families. Send books to: Sue Duran, Palm Desert Library, 73-300 Fred Waring Dr., Palm Desert, Ca. 92260 and Frances Ortiz-Chavez, Puertas Abiertas Community Resource Center, P.O. Box 3009, Napa, Ca. 94558