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 28 2015
Rush Hour Reading

In collaboration with the Poetry Society of America, we are pleased to present Los Angeles-based poets Poet Laureate of Los Angeles Luis J. Rodriguez, Robin Coste Lewis, Kate Gale and Eloise Klein Healy (2012 Poet Laureate of Los Angeles) who will give readings of their work in celebration of National Poetry Month. The poets will be available for conversation following the readings. Free copies of past Poetry in Motion/LA™ bookmarks will be available for the public. The free, all ages event will take place in Union Station East. For more information, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/968659523168715/

4:00pm to 5:30pm
800 Alameda St.
90012 Los Angeles, California
Jul 07 2015
ANNENBERG BEACH HOUSE: Mahogany Browne, Dean Kostos, and Richard Siken

ANNENBERG BEACH HOUSE:
Mahogany Browne, Dean Kostos, and Richard SikenAs part of the Beach=Culture series, the PSA presents a reading and moderated discussion with an eclectic mix of acclaimed contemporary poets.

Co-sponsored by American Composers Forum, Los Angeles, The City of Santa Monica, and Red Hen Press.

Admission is free. Please make reservations online at beachhouse.smgov.net or call (310) 458-2257

6:30pm
415 Pacific Coast Highway
90402 Santa Monica, 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
Among the blight-killed eucalypts, among
trees and bushes rusted by Christmas frosts,
the yards and hillsides exhausted by five years of drought,

certain airy white blossoms punctually
reappeared, and dense clusters of pale pink, dark pink—
a delicate abundance. They seemed

like guests arriving joyfully on the
poem
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
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