The U.S. Is About to Have a New Poet Laureate — and the Appointment Marks a First

Jun 10, 2015  •  Post A Comment

When the country meets its next Poet Laureate this fall, it will mark the first time the job has gone to a Hispanic person.

Librarian of Congress James H. Billington today announced the appointment of Juan Felipe Herrera as the country’s Poet Laureate.

Herrera assumes the post this fall, with his first duties to include a role in the Library of Congress National Book Festival on Saturday, Sept. 5, and opening the Library’s annual literary season with a reading of his work at the Coolidge Auditorium on Tuesday, Sept. 15.

Herrera succeeds Charles Wright in the position.

Said Herrera: “This is a mega-honor for me, for my family and my parents who came up north before and after the Mexican Revolution of 1910 — the honor is bigger than me. I want to take everything I have in me, weave it, merge it with the beauty that is in the Library of Congress, all the resources, the guidance of the staff and departments, and launch it with the heart-shaped dreams of the people. It is a miracle of many of us coming together.”

Please click here for the text of the full announcement from the Library of Congress, along with a complete list of all U.S. Poets Laureate.

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