California

On March 21, 2012, Governor Jerry Brown appointed Juan Felipe Herrera as the California poet laureate. Herrera is the author of twenty-eight books and currently serves as the Tomas Rivera Endowed Chair in the Department of Creative Writing at the University of California, Riverside. Herrera's work has received wide critical acclaim including numerous national and international awards. He is currently a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.

Alejandro Murguía is San Francisco’s sixth poet laureate and the first Latino poet to hold the position. An editor, translator, literary organizer, and prose writer, he is the author of the poetry collections Stray Poems (City Lights Books, 2014) and Native Tongue (CC. Marimbo Press, 2012), among others.

upcoming events

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Apr 28 2015
Red Hen Press at the Annenberg Community Beach House

Red Hen Press invites you to join us for an inspiring evening of poetry at Annenberg Community Beach House! Featuring: Gary Dop, a hilarious poet who has the ability to make us laugh and break our hearts simultaneously, will feature excerpts of his debut collection, Father, Child, Water. Steve Langan, a poet known for telling it like it is with delicate details and piercing precision, will be sharing excerpts of his collection, What It Looks Like, How It Flies. Ramón García will reinvent familiar fairytales, Bible stories, and Greek myths as he reads from his latest collection, The Chronicles. Elena Karina Byrne, praised for her graceful and lyrically complex verses exploring the raw psychological densities of contemporary experience, will also share her work. Hélène Cardona, poet and actress who writes about consciousness, moderates the evening. Her latest book is Dreaming My Animal Selves.

 

9:00pm
415 Pacific Coast Hwy at Beach Coast Way
90402 Santa Monica, California
Apr 25 2015
LA River Poetry Reading!

Play by the LA River (PLAR), Poetry Society of America, and Red Hen Press present the LA River Poetry Reading!

In addition to a reading by renowned Los Angeles poets (Luis Rodriguez, Eloise Klein Healy, William Archila, Lewis Macadams, and Terry Wolverton the event features a variety of events for adults and children (ages 6 and up):

-A walking tour of the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve led by Lewis MacAdams, poet and Co-founder/President of Friends of the Los Angeles River (FoLAR) and urban ecologist/educator/designer Kat Superfisky.
-Art, poetry writing activities, and refreshments for children (ages 6 and up), sponsored by Red Hen Press.
-A pop-up picnic. Bring your own picnic basket and enjoy a lovely luncheon in the idyllic setting of the Sepulveda Basin Park.

All events begin at The Amphitheatre, located within the reserve. This event is free and open to the public!

 

11:30am to 1:30pm
6339 Woodley Ave.
1335 N. Lake Ave
91406 Lake Balboa, California
Apr 21 2015
Red Hen Press at Book Soup!

Red Hen Press presents an evening of potent poetry at Book Soup! This events features: Jeffrey Harrison, Jim Tilley, and Amy Uyematsu. Moderated by: Brendan Constantine

10:00pm
8818 Sunset Blvd
90069 Los Angeles, California

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Juan Felipe Herrera
California poet laureate

Juan Felipe Herrera

Born in Fowler, California, on December 27, 1948, Herrera is director of the Art and Barbara Culver Center for the Arts, a multimedia space in...

poems

poem
  What thoughts I have of you tonight, Walt Whitman, for I walked down the sidestreets under the trees with a headache self-conscious looking at the full moon.
  In my hungry fatigue, and shopping for images, I went into the neon fruit supermarket, dreaming of your enumerations!
  What peaches and what penumbras
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poem
What are you thinking about?

I am thinking of an early summer.
I am thinking of wet hills in the rain
Pouring water.  Shedding it
Down empty acres of oak and manzanita
Down to the old green brush tangled in the sun,
Greasewood, sage, and spring mustard.
Or the hot wind coming down from Santa Ana
Driving
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The only thing I miss about Los Angeles

is the Hollywood Freeway at midnight, windows down and
radio blaring
bearing right into the center of the city, the Capitol Tower
on the right, and beyond it, Hollywood Boulevard
blazing

—pimps, surplus stores, footprints of the stars

—descending through the city