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Juan Felipe Herrera is the Poet Laureate of California. He is a winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for “Half the World in Light” (2008) and has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. In 1990, Herrera was a distinguished teaching fellow at the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop and he has taught elsewhere, including in prisons. His latest collection is “Senegal Taxi (Camino del Sol)” (University of Arizona Press).