U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera
United States Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera, the first Mexican American to hold the position, learned to love poetry by singing about the Mexican Revolution with his mother, a migrant farmworker in California. Inspired by her spirit, he has spent his life crossing borders, erasing boundaries and expanding what it means to be American. Herrera’s appointment comes as the country is debating immigration, a recurring subject of his work, which has been collected in books like Border-Crosser With a Lamborghini Dream and 187 Reasons Mexicanos Can’t Cross the Border.