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Friday, March 13, 2009

yeah!

The critics circle gave a dual prize for poetry to August Kleinzahler for “Sleeping It Off in Rapid City” (Farrar, Straus), and Juan Felipe Herrera for “Half the World in Light: New and Selected Poems” (University of Arizona Press).

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JUAN FELIPE HERRERA IS THE FIRST CHICANO POET TO WIN ONE OF THE BIG THREE BOOK AWARDS.

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Many Chicano poets have come to look up to Herrera. “For Chicanos, poetry has always been an essential form of expression,” poet Rigoberto González says. “It is our art, our declaration of perspective, but it’s also our cry of protest. Juan Felipe Herrera has the distinction of being one of these political activists who went on to build a career around his talent.” González ranks Herrera among Chicano poetry’s best, along with the recently deceased Abelardo “Lalo” Delgado, Alfred Arteaga, raúlrsalinas, Luis Omar Salinas, and Gloria Anzaldúa, and the “still marching” Lorna Dee Cervantes and Alurista. “Juan Felipe Herrera (and all those Chicano writers I just mentioned) taught me that writing is activism—not documentation.”
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3 comments:

bjanepr said...

I'm totally thrilled with this. In the meantime, you know they're announcing the Pulitzer finalists and winners on 04/20. You don't think.... Do you?

Eduardo C. Corral said...

i'm flattered that you would think i might be a finalist for the pulitzer, but i think i need to publish a book first.

bjanepr said...

Ha. Unfunny!