Painted Poems Workshop with Juan Felipe Herrera
SJMA partners with the 2018 Legacy of Poetry Festival, April 2 – 22, 2018, at San Jose State University to present this workshop with former US Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera.
At the Laureate’s Lab, a space for creativity in the CSU Fresno Library, Herrera oversees the Visual Words Studios, where poets and visual artists experiment with creating painted works of poetry and exploring how words can be taken to new dimensions through a variety of visual media. In this workshop he will lead students to explore the possibilities of using paint to create new works of visual poetry. All art supplies are provided. Space is limited and advance reservations are strongly recommended.
The son of migrant farm workers, Herrera was educated at University of California, Los Angeles, and Stanford University, Palo Alto, and earned his MFA from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His numerous poetry collections include Notes for the Assemblage (2015), 187 Reasons Mexicanos Can’t Cross the Border: Undocuments 1971–2007, Half of the World in Light: New and Selected Poems (2008), and Border-Crosser with a Lamborghini Dream (1999). He served as US Poet Laureate 2015–2017 and California Poet Laureate 2012–2014. He is an emeritus Professor of Creative Writing at University of California, Riverside, and also emeritus Professor of English and Chicano Studies at California State University, Fresno.
Learn more about the Legacy of Poetry Festival here.
Cosponsored by San José Museum of Art, Poetry Center San Jose, and CATS (Contemporary Asian Theater Scene)