Press Release Detail
|January 08, 2014||Caitlin Fitzwater|
Creating the "most incredible and biggest poem on unity in the world"
Honored as the State's advocate for the art of poetry, Juan Felipe Herrera has been gathering phrases, words, and poems on the subject of unity for nearly two years. As our country faced the crises of the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre and Boston Marathon bombing, Herrera saw a wave of poems arrive, with words of unity bringing soulful healing from these tragedies.
Students, poets, and friends have already shared hundreds of poems with Herrera, laying the groundwork for this project. Herrera remarks, "So, now for this new year, 2014, we are making a call for your words, poems in any form, for all, for unity. Remember:
Unity with nature, unity with those going through hard times, unity at a time of difficulty, unity as a gift, unity with neighbors, unity with animals and flowers, unity across the waters, unity across the world, unity across the stars, unity in the family, unity with all families, unity with a friend, unity with an enemy, unity in the schools, unity at work, unity with ancestors, unity with yourself, unity where unity is needed, unity all around... and round..."
Herrera invites all Californians to write him at email@example.com and "send a batch of unity poetry, lines, words, raps, sonnets, corridos, ballads, cowboy poems, cowgirl poems, 5th grade, middle school, all grades, alternative, Haikus, Hay(Na) Kus."
Visit http://www.arts.ca.gov/poetlaureate/unity.php for more information on Juan Felipe Herrera and the Unity Project, and to see examples of poetry submissions. The Unity Project is supported in partnership with University of California, Riverside and Cal Humanities.
- Poetry submission email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Photo - Juan Felipe Herrera, Credit: University of California, Riverside
- Biography (PDF) - Juan Felipe Herrera
- Photos - Students from Town Gate Elementary School in Moreno Valley, CA participating in the Unity Project's bullying awareness initiative
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The Mission of the California Arts Council, a state agency, is to advance California through the arts and creativity. Members of the California Arts Council include: Chair Wylie Aitken, Vice Chair Susan Steinhauser, Michael Alexander, Christopher Coppola, Andrew Green, Donn K. Harris, Charmaine Jefferson, Terry Lenihan, William Turner, and Rosalind Wyman.