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June 10, 2015Caitlin Fitzwater

News Recap: California's Juan Felipe Herrera Named U.S. Poet Laureate

Former California Poet Laureate becomes first Mexican American to hold this national post

Washington, D.C. -

 Librarian of Congress James H. Billington today announced the appointment of Juan Felipe Herrera as the Library's 21st Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry, for 2015-2016. Herrera will take up his duties in the fall. From 2012 to 2014, Herrera served as California Poet Laureate upon the appointment of Governor Jerry Brown.

View the complete Library of Congress Announcement at this link:

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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 Donn K. Harris, Vice Chair Susan Steinhauser, Michael Alexander, Phoebe Beasley, Christopher Coppola, Kathleen Gallegos, Jaime Galli, Nashormeh Lindo, Steven Oliver, and Rosalind Wyman. Learn more at


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