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ASU Writers Conference in Honor of Elmer Kelton, 2014

Juan Felipe Herrera

"The son of migrant farm workers, Juan Felipe Herrera is known for chronicling the bittersweet lives of Mexican-Americans—their challenges, travails, joys, and contributions to American culture and the American scene....Herrera’s many awards include a PEN/Beyond Margin’s Award and National Book Critics’ Circle Award for Half of the World in Light, A Guggenheim Fellowship, a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts, and the Friends of Children and Literature (FOCAL) Award and Ezra Jack Keats Award for his bilingual memoir, Calling The Doves/El Canto De Las Palomas. He is poet laureate of California."

(From the Conference Web Site)