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. He served as California poet laureate from 2012 to 2014.

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

Aug 30 2015
Wax Poetic L.A. – Live Poetry Readings & Open Mic

Poets are welcome to read their own work, or participants can read select poetry of their choice; however, only poets who read their own original work will be able to compete in the contest.  The event space is limited, so please sign up early.  The fee is $10 if you reserve your seat or $15 at the door.  We cannot ensure walk-ins will be allowed admittance, so we recommend you sign up early. Everyone who attends will have an opportunity to participate. Poems are limited to 3 minutes.

Doors open at 9:00 p.m. and there will be no waiting in line, simply present your proof of payment for entry.Please register here at: Wax Poetic L.A.

954 Gayley Ave
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...


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