S249. Migration, Labor, and Letters in Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera's Literary Contributions and Life

Room 7, 8, & 9, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Saturday, March 10, 2018
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


The son of migrant farm workers, Juan Felipe Herrera, our most recent past Poet Laureate of the United States, has been on the forefront of poetry, poetics, and social change for the past forty years. A champion of migrant and indigenous peoples and at-risk communities, this PLOTUS has championed what it means to be American in the 21st century through his melding of poetry, storytelling, advocacy, and ethnic identity. This panel pays tribute to his important work.


Allison Adelle Hedge Coke is the author of Streaming, Off Season-City Pipe, Dog Road Woman, Burn, Blood Run, Rock Ghost Willow Deer, Sing: Poetry from the Indigenous Americas, Effigies I & II, and she is directing Red Dust (film). She directs the Lit Sandhill CraneFest and is Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing at UCR.

Miguel M. Morales grew up as a migrant farmworker. A Lambda Literary Fellow and alum of VONA/Voices and Macondo Writers Workshop, his work appears in several anthologies and literary journals. Miguel is coeditor of Pulse/Pulso anthology for Orlando. He also serves as VP of the LGBTQ Writers Caucus.

Michael Wasson is the author of This American Ghost. He serves as an editor for Bettering American Poetry and As/Us Journal. He is nimíipuu and teaches abroad.

Michael Torres spent his adolescence in Pomona, California as a graffiti artist. A CantoMundo fellow, he teaches creative writing in Mankato, Minnesota where he also cohosts art workshops at the Reach Drop-in Center for at-risk and homeless youths.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside