Juan Felipe Herrera

During the last three decades Juan Felipe Herrera has received numerous awards and fellowships including various National Endowment for the Arts Writers' Fellowships, four California Arts Council grants, the UC Berkeley Regent's Fellowship, the Breadloaf Fellowship in Poetry, and the Stanford Chicano Fellows Fellowship. With twenty-one books in total, during the past ten years, Professor Herrera's publications include fourteen collections of poetry, prose, short stories, young adult novels and picture books for children. His literary endeavors have garnered the Ezra Jack Keats Award, the Hungry Mind Award of Distinction, the Americas Award, and the Focal Award. Herrara is also a community arts leadership builder with youth-at-risk and migrant communities, and an actor with appearances on film and stage. The Upside Down Boy, a musical for young audiences based on his book, was well received in New York City in 2004.

In Issue 2:

we were approaching Wabash Street

We were approaching Wabash Street

Crossing Stater Bro’s supermarket my blond Shar Pei turned to the left

Toward the sky I followed her eyes and noticed the heights

The mountains had moved from their usual positions

One had a dome shaped by the clouds and the clouds

Were gauze a seamless mist or canvas but it wasn’t a canvas

I traced the early dust of light from a hidden orb in the higher realm

There was darkness in that place the one few dare to touch or paint

At the higher margins of that contained layer the one folding into itself

A woman’s head or her face or simply the burning void

Arms too they were open and a dress-like expanse below

My sisters came to mind Sara 84 yrs this month of May and Concha 90 yrs

The dust weakened or unknowns multiplied

on my way back through the traffic

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