United States Poet Laureate Emeritus Juan Felipe Herrera

I Was a Mariachi Embryo

Juan Felipe Herrera is a writer, cartoonist, teacher, activist, and the 21st United States Poet Laureate. His numerous collections of poetry include 187 Reasons Mexicanos Can’t Cross the Border: Undocuments 1971-2007 and Half of the World in Light: New and Selected Poems. Before joining a Zócalo streamed event titled “What Can Poetry Offer Us in Distressing Times,” he called into the virtual green room to talk about the time of day that feels like walking in the breeze, what’s on his personal time travel itinerary, and using his full voice.

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Arizona Poet Laureate Alberto Ríos | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

Arizona Poet Laureate Alberto Ríos

I Am at My Most Creative After the Fact

Alberto Ríos, Arizona’s inaugural poet laureate and recent chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, is the author of numerous books of poetry and prose, most recently, Not Go Away Is My …

Writer, Poet, and Educator Inez Tan | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

Writer, Poet, and Educator Inez Tan

I Try to Start the Day Journaling

Read Inez Tan’s letter to Zócalo listing 10 of her favorite poems for being present and 10 of her favorite poems for dwelling “elsewhere.”

Inez Tan is a fiction writer, poet, …

L.A. Times Editorial Board Member Carla Hall | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

L.A. Times Editorial Board Member Carla Hall

I Love Anything That Has Fun With Words

Carla Hall is a member of the Los Angeles Times editorial board. She writes about homelessness, reproductive rights, popular culture, animal welfare, and human rights in Asia and Africa. Before moderating a Zócalo …

Organic Farmer and Artist Nikiko Masumoto | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

Organic Farmer and Artist Nikiko Masumoto

Farming Teaches You to Extend Your View of Life, And Think About the Legacy You're Leaving

Nikiko Masumoto is a yonsei (fourth generation) farmer at Masumoto Family Farm, an artist, and co-author of The Perfect Peach: Recipes and Stories from the Masumoto Family Farm and Changing …

Huron Mayor Rey León | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

Huron Mayor Rey León

You’ve Got to Find Out What Is Your Leónium

Rey León is the mayor of the town of Huron, California. Born in Fresno and raised in the Huron area, he has been organizing in the Central Valley for the …