When: Wed., Nov. 4, 12-1:15, 6-7 & 7-9 p.m. 2015
As the first Chicano/Latino U.S. Poet Laureate in history, Juan Felipe Herrera understands the marriage of song and social responsibility. His latest collection, Notes on the Assemblage, brings a sorrowful beat and a doleful swagger to subjects as urgent as the Black Lives Matter movement and the daily swell of atrocities weathered in Mexico. Linking themes as disparate as the LA Riots and avant-garde Italian cinema, Herrera seems to suggest that if there is a brotherhood out there, it is forged around the pangs of threat that compel people to unite and to incite. In conjunction with its Heritage Month programming, Palo Alto College welcomes the Fresno, California-based poet with an introduction by Texas Poet Laureate Carmen Tafolla and San Antonio Poet Laureate Laurie Ann Guerrero (noon-1:15pm in the Legacy Room), to be followed by a reception and book signing (6-7pm in the Performing Arts Center), reading and discussion (7-9pm in the Performing Arts Center).