Juan Felipe Herrera is a poet, performer, writer, cartoonist, teacher, and activist. Herrera's experiences as the child of Mexican migrant farmers have strongly shaped his work, such as the children's book Calling the Doves, which won the Ezra Jack Keats Book Award in 1997. In 2015, Herrera was appointed as the nation's first Chicana or Chicano and 21st United States Poet Laureate.

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