- Associated Press - Saturday, December 5, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The first Mexican-American poet laureate of the United States is making a visit to New Mexico for a series of events.

U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera is scheduled Monday to hold an educational writer’s exchange and public reading at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque.

A question and answer session and book signing will follow the public presentation.

Herrera, who was named poet laureate by the Library of Congress, is the son of migrant California farmworkers. He earned his master’s degree at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and is author of 28 books of poetry, novels for young adults and collections for children.

His poetry books include “Half the World in Light” and “187 Reasons Mexicanos Can’t Cross the Border.”

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