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US Poet Laureate

Juan Felipe Herrera 101: A look at the Poetry and Politics of the U.S. Poet Laureate

Poetry Foundation | Posted 08.10.2015 | Books
Poetry Foundation

For Juan Felipe Herrera, the first Chicano to be named U.S. poet laureate, migration is both his biography and a major component of his poetic style. The child of migrant farm workers, Herrera grew up following harvests from San Diego to San Francisco, and his writing has likewise displayed a remarkable range.

Juan Felipe Herrera Named U.S. Poet Laureate, The First Latino To Hold The Post

AP | BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 06.10.2015 | Latino Voices

WASHINGTON (AP) — A son of migrant farm workers in California, Juan Felipe Herrera will be the next U.S. poet in chief. The Library of Congress ann...

US Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey Is Reappointed

AP | Posted 08.10.2013 | Books

NEW YORK — The nation's poet laureate, Natasha Trethewey, has been appointed to a second one-year term. The Library of Congress was set to anno...

Portraits of Living American Poets

Michael Hafftka | Posted 07.07.2013 | Arts
Michael Hafftka

Before I became a painter I was a failed poet. I love poetry with its mysterious use of words, bending, creating, smearing words to reveal emotions hidden or apparent. I was too uptight with words and I found my freedom in painting.

U.S. Poet Laureate Talks Inspiration, Poetry Stereotypes

AP | By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS | Posted 11.21.2012 | Books

CLEVELAND, Miss. -- Natasha Trethewey smashes stereotypes about poets. She's not stuffy. Or shy. Or aloof. As U.S. poet laureate, the 46-year-old des...

Natasha Trethewey in My Classroom

Monica Edinger | Posted 08.07.2012 | Education
Monica Edinger

Natasha Trethewey was my school's artist-in-residence in 2007 and so I am absolutely delighted that she has just been named the 19th U.S. Poet Laureate.

Philip Levine and Other Mediocrities: What it Takes to Ascend to the Poet Laureateship

Anis Shivani | Posted 10.13.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

The truth about American poetry is that it is in very bad shape. The professional poetry establishment has taken care to mark serious criticism comin...

How Much Does Your Amazon Ranking Increase When You Become Poet Laureate?

AP | By HILLEL ITALIE | Posted 10.11.2011 | Books

NEW YORK -- The country wants to know more about its next poet-in-chief. Sales have jumped for books by Philip Levine, a Pulitzer Prize winner who on...

U.S. Poet Laureate Announced

AP | HILLEL ITALIE | Posted 10.10.2011 | Books

NEW YORK — Pulitzer Prize winner Philip Levine, known for his detailed and personal verse about the working class, has been appointed the countr...

William S. Merwin Named Newest Poet Laureate

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

WASHINGTON — A writer who stopped using punctuation in the 1960s and spent much of the last 30 years secluded in Hawaii will become the nation's...