Poetry and Literature
“I ask them to take a poem and hold it up to the light like a color slide...” Billy Collins Read poem
Poet Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera
Herrera was renewed by Acting Librarian of Congress David S. Mao to serve a second term as the 21st Poet Laureate. He took up his duties on September 1st, 2016, and launched his Poet Laureate online project, “The Technicolor Adventures of Catalina Neon,” the following month. Herrera’s other second-term projects include the “Laureate Lab—Visual Wordist Studio” in Fresno, CA, and a program with high school teachers, “Wordstreet Champions and Brave Builders of the Dream,” in Chicago, IL.
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The Technicolor Adventures of Catalina Neon
“The Technicolor Adventures of Catalina Neon” is a bilingual, illustrated poem created by U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera and artist Juana Medina. This poem, presented online at Read.gov, will feature contributions by second and third grade students and their elementary school librarians from across the country. We invite you to participate and help tell Catalina Neon’s story.
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