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

Jul 07 2015
ANNENBERG BEACH HOUSE: Mahogany Browne, Dean Kostos, and Richard Siken

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 or call (310) 458-2257

415 Pacific Coast Highway
90402 Santa Monica, California
Jun 16 2015 to Jun 17 2015
Bloomsday at the Hammer

The Hammer’s sixth annual Bloomsday celebration finds characters in “The Wandering Rocks” episode of James Joyce’s Ulysses criss-crossing Dublin in a cacophony of voices interspersed with disruptive interpolations. A dramatic reading by our veteran actors Jane Bacon,Bairbre DowlingJames GalloJames Lancaster,John Rafter Lee, and Johnny O’Callaghan. Organized by Stanley Breitbard.

Guinness, Irish fare and live music by Rattle the Knee in the courtyard

Dramatic reading in The Billy Wilder Theater

Guinness, Irish fare and live music by Rattle the Knee in the courtyard

9:30pm to 1:00am
10899 Wilshire Blvd.
90024 Los Angeles, California
Jun 03 2015
James Merrill: Life and Art

Langdon Hammer is a poet, editor, and chair of the Yale English Department. The New Yorker calls his new biography of James Merrill “as vivid and artful an account as we are likely to encounter.” Stephen Yenser, Merrill’s co-literary executor, joins Hammer to discuss and read the work of this great twentieth century poet.POETRYThis series of readings is organized and hosted by Stephen Yenser, poet and professor at UCLA and author of A Boundless Field: American Poetry at Large and Blue Guide

10899 Wilshire Blvd.
90024 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...


  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