Juan Felipe Herrera becomes first Mexican American U.S. poet laureate
“The times now seem to be evolving with voices of color,” the 66-year-old son of migrant farmworkers said.
“I’m here to encourage others to speak,” he said, “to speak out and
speak up and write with their voices and their family stories and their
sense of humor and their deep concerns and their way of speaking their
own languages. I want to encourage people to do that with this amazing
medium called poetry.”