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Event Calendar
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readings & workshops
April 6 - Jun 27

Book Club: Readshops led by Karl Gartung

readings & workshops
July 3 - Jun 30

Dhamma MKE

readings & workshops
October 22 - Jun 24

Welcome Home!: A Veterans Writing Group

readings & workshops
February 2 -23

Three Windows into Writing and Revising a Poem with Kathleen A. Dale

exhibitions
February 11 - Apr 5

Tarot: The (Re)Making of a Language

performances
February 20

Formations Series for New and Improvised Music

readings & workshops
February 26

Poetry Reading: Jennifer Elise Foerster + Zoë Johnson

readings & workshops
February 26

Seeing in Invisibility: Poetry as revelation at UWM Libraries Special Collections

readings & workshops
February 27

Urban Echo Poets

readings & workshops
February 29

Visionary Narratives: A Workshop in Drawing Inspiration with Laurence Ross.

exhibitions
February 29

Reception for Tarot: The (Re)Making of a Language

readings & workshops
March 1 -29

On the Front Lines, Behind the Lines: Writing Protest Poetry with Margaret Rozga.

film & video
March 6

aCinema Screening

readings & workshops
March 12

Creative Confluence: Research for Hybrid Writing, a conversation with Heid E. Erdrich

readings & workshops
March 12

Poetry Reading: Heid E. Erdrich

readings & workshops
March 14

Poetry & Pi(e) featuring Vida Cross + Chuck Stebelton

performances
March 19

Formations Series for New and Improvised Music

readings & workshops
March 20

Poetry Reading: Mark Bibbins + Elizabeth Hoover

readings & workshops
March 26

Poetry Reading: Eli Goldblatt + Charles Alexander

readings & workshops
March 28

Poetry Reading: Tara Betts + Jennifer Steele

Archived readings & workshops
Mar 3 Thursday, March 3
7:00pm, $Give What You Can

 

The UWM Creative Writing Program will host U. S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera for a reading at the UWM Union Ballroom. 

 

The 21st Poet Laureate of the United States (2015-2016), Juan Felipe Herrera is the first Latino to hold the position. He grew up in California as the son of migrant farmers, which shaped much of his work, and from 2012-2014, he served as California State Poet Laureate. He has received a National Endowment for the Arts and a Guggenheim Fellowship, among many other prestigious awards. 


Herrera is the author of thirty books, including collections of poetry, prose, short stories, young adult novels and picture books for children. His many collections of poetry include Notes on the Assemblage; Senegal Taxi; Half of the World in Light: New and Selected Poems, a recipient of the PEN/Beyond Margins Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award; 187 Reasons Mexicanos Can’t Cross The Border: Undocuments 1971-2007; and Crashboomlove: A Novel in Verse, which received the Americas Award. In 2014, he released the nonfiction work Portraits of Hispanic American Heroes, which showcases twenty Hispanic and Latino American men and women who have made outstanding contributions to the arts, politics, science, humanitarianism, and athletics. 

Herrera has served as chair of the Chicano and Latin American Studies Department at CSU-Fresno and recently retired from the Creative Writing Department at UC Riverside. He is also a performance artist and activist on behalf of migrant and indigenous communities and at-risk youth.

 


Juan Felipe Herrera will also give a craft talk at UWM on Friday, March 4 at 2 PM:

 

Both events are FREE and open to the public. 


These events are co-sponsored by the Department of English through the Boudreaux Foundation, the Roberto Hernández Center, and the UWM Union’s Sociocultural Programming.

Woodland Pattern will have books available for purchase at the reading.