Meet the author!
Free and open to the public. Doors open at 2:30 pm.
Inprint invites you to enjoy an afternoon adventure with renowned poet and U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera. Mr. Herrera will make a presentation about his new book Jabberwalking, after which he will take questions from the audience, followed by a book sale and signing*, giving fans a chance to visit. Books will be available for sale at the event through Blue Willow Bookshop.
Juan Felipe Herrera – author of more than 30 books, including collections of poetry, short stories, prose, young adult novels, and picture books for children – was in 2015 appointed the 21st Poet Laureate of the United States, the first Mexican American to hold the post. During his laureateship (2015-2017), Herrera traveled widely, making approximately 130 official appearances, and became known for his energy, enthusiasm, and desire to include everyday citizens in the celebratory work of creating literature. The son of migrant farmworkers, educated at UCLA, Stanford, and the Iowa Writers Workshop, Herrera credits his mother and teachers with encouraging him to write poetry.
He comes to Houston to share his new one-of-a-kind book for middle-graders on writing poetry, Jabberwalking, coming out March 2018 through Candlewick Press. In a playful format, with his spirited illustrations, he shares his “secrets” on “how to turn your wonder at the world around you into weird, wild, incandescent poetry.” As Herrera puts it in Jabberwalking: “There’s no stopping once you are a Jabber Walker – a bonified poet on the tangly streets of the planet where human beings breathe as best they can and slap their hands in the air to greet the sun where periods and dashes and verbs and nouns come flying.” Join us for a joyful afternoon with one of our great poets and champions of poetry, in a program designed to delight and inspire.
Mr. Herrera’s other honors include a PEN Center USA Poetry Award, two Américas Awards, two Pura Belpré Author Award Honors, an Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award, and a Los Angeles Times Book Prize Robert Kirsch Award for lifetime achievement. According to The New York Times Book Review, “The fire that appears again and again in Herrera’s poetry exists to illuminate, to make beautiful, to purify,” and The Washington Post calls his work “performative, and communal. In this sense, his work speaks powerfully to younger poets and audiences.”
*Please note that the book signing will be conducted on a first-come, first-served basis. Upon entering the theater, people wishing to have books signed will be given a number, and the book signing will take place in numerical order after the on-stage presentation.