Calliope Newsletter For March / April 2016
April 4th, 2016 | Natasha Englehardt It’s time for another installment of our library staff’s newsletter Calliope! This new issue covers the months of March and April of 2016. Be sure to download the full version HERE. In this month’s download you will find wonderfully written articles about Cesar Chavez, Women’s History Month, student poetry, our collaboration with the College Area Business District to paint utility boxes and so much more! Below is just one example of the many articles included in Calliope for March/April.
By Nicole Lewis, Librarian, Instructor, Platt College San Diego Juan Felipe Herrera has been the United States Poet Laureate since 2015. He was named Poet Laureate for his acclaimed project La Casa De Colores, an epic poem in which he invited citizens to contribute to the poem.
He was born on December 27, 1968 in Fowler, California. He attended schools in small towns from San Francisco to our very own San Diego. He graduated from San Diego High School in 1967. Son of migrant parents, Juan Felipe Herrera’s passion for indigenous cultures inspired him to lead a formal Chicano trek to the rainforest of Chiapas, through the mountains of Nayarit and all throughout Mexican Indian Villages. His journey inspired him and influenced his poetry, theater projects, photography and prose. Herrera is the author of many collections of poetry as well as prosa for children, books include: Calling The Doves (children’s book, 2001), Upside Down Boy (2006) which was also brought to into theater script. Today, Herrera is revered as one of the prominent voices on the Mexican American and indigenous experience. Below you can read one of his most famous poems.