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Juan Felipe Herrera

Juan Felipe Herrera

Herrera, Juan Felipe
Title: Juan Felipe Herrera
Reading Date: Wednesday, September 15, 1993

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Introduction by Alison Hawthorne Deming. Sound cuts out briefly several times during the recording.

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Reading Date: Wednesday, September 15, 1993
Series: Fall Reading Series
Sponsor(s): UA Poetry Center
Location(s): Modern Languages Auditorium

Juan Felipe Herrera warmly engages the audience with work that would be collected in books such as Mayan Drifter: Chicano Poet in the Lowlands of America (1997), Notebooks of a Chile Verde Smuggler (2002), and Half of the World in Light: New and Selected Poems (2008), as well as uncollected pieces. Standout performances include "Notes on Other Chicana and Chicano Inventions" and "Suicide in Hollywood / Lupe Velez (Circ. 1923) SerigrafĂ­a de una actriz Mexicana," read in Spanish and English. Opening his reading with an invocation to sky, earth, wind, and fire, Herrera encourages audience laughter and participation throughout the evening.