U.S. Poet Laureate to Visit Carnegie Arts Center

The Carnegie Arts Center (CAC) and the Modesto-Stanislaus Poetry Center (MoSt) join forces to bring one of the nation’s most acclaimed writers to Turlock, California, for a lecture/reading and youth workshop in September 2016.

Juan Felipe Herrera, U.S. Poet Laureate, will be the keynote speaker for the Carnegie’s Centennial celebration. As part of the 100th anniversary activities for Turlock’s original library building, these events will take place during the opening weekend of the Carnegie’s fall exhibition Childhood Classics: 100 Years of Original Illustration from the Art Kandy Collection, which features original artwork, special commissions, and favorite characters from as many as 75 books for children.

Herrera is the first Mexican-American to be appointed U.S. Poet Laureate. The son of migrant farm workers, Herrera was educated at UCLA and Stanford University, and he earned his MFA from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His numerous poetry collections include 187 Reasons Mexicanos Can’t Cross the Border: Undocuments 1971-2007, Half of the World in Light: New and Selected Poems, and Border-Crosser with a Lamborghini Dream. In addition to publishing more than a dozen collections of poetry, Herrera has written short stories, young adult novels, and children’s literature.

Public Reading, September 18th

Come to the Carnegie Arts Center for a reading/lecture with the poet on Sunday, September 18, at 3 p.m. Only 200 tickets are available. Individual lecture tickets are $25 General Admission, $20 CAC and MoST members, and $15 for students.  A limited number of Premium Tickets will be available for $50 and will include a pre-lecture reception and book signing with the author, as well as reserved seating at the lecture.

Writing Workshop, September 19th

Mr. Herrera will provide a presentation/workshop for high school students on Monday, September 19th from . Targeting students interested in creative writing and poetry, throughout the San Juaquin Valley.  Sponsor funding will be used to provide bus transportation for schools from throughout Stanislaus, San Joaquin and Merced Counties to make participation in this unique opportunity free of charge. We expect to accommodate as many as 150 high school students in the workshop, which will include a presentation by the author, time for students to write and share poetry facilitated by poets and teachers from MoSt, followed by lunch.

Tickets On Sale Now: carnegiepoetry.eventbrite.com

This program is funded through the generosity of the Prime Shine/Porges Family Foundation, Wells Fargo, Modesto-Stanislaus Poetry Center, Dieter & Hanna Renning, John Miles & Priscilla Peters. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact us for more info: admin@carnegieartsturlock.org.

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