Juan Felipe Herrera is the 21st Poet Laureate of the United States (2015-2016) and is the first Latino to hold the position. From 2012-2014, Herrera served as California State Poet Laureate. Herrera’s many collections of poetry include "Notes on the Assemblage"; "Senegal Taxi; Half of the World in Light: New and Selected Poems", a recipient of the PEN/Beyond Margins Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award; and "187 Reasons Mexicanos Can’t Cross The Border: Undocuments 1971-2007". He is also the author of "Crashboomlove: A Novel in Verse," which received the Americas Award. His books of prose for children include "SkateFate"; "Calling The Doves", which won the Ezra Jack Keats Award; "Upside Down Boy", which was adapted into a musical for young audiences in New York City; and "Cinnamon Girl: Letters Found Inside a Cereal Box". Herrera is also a performance artist and activist on behalf of migrant and indigenous communities and at-risk youth.