Juan Felipe Herrera

Juan Felipe Herrera is a poet who served as the nation's 21st Poet Laureate.  The son of migrant workers, Mr. Herrera says that he was always moving in his childhood and that his mother in particular bestowed upon him a great love of language and folklore.  In this special in-depth interview with Colorín Colorado, Mr. Herrera shares memories of his childhood adventures (and romances) and remembers Mrs. Sampson, the third-grade teacher who had such a profound impact on him and "turned him towards the land of poetry." Mrs. Sampson was in the audience at his inaugural reading as U.S. Poet Laureate, which you can read more about in the articles below. He also talks about the dynamic environment at UCLA in the 1960s that inspired so much of his creativity, and he shares some of his favorite poetry activities for students.

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