Juan Felipe Herrera

Judged: Poem of the Decade: May 2010-Apr 2020

JuanFelipeHerrera

Juan Felipe Herrera

Son of farmworkers, Juan Felipe Herrera lives in Fresno with his wife, poet, Margarita Robles. During the last fifty years he has dedicated his life to poetry, community, art and teaching. In the last ten years, he has been the Poetry Laureate of California and of the United States. Various awards include the National Book Critic’s Circle Award, Guggenheim Fellowship, LA Times Robert Kirsch Award, Latino Hall of Fame Award, and the Pushcart Prize. With over thirty books in various genres, his recent work is Every Day We Get More Illegal (City Lights Publishers). He is a vegetarian and loves animals.


  • January 2021 Winners

    • First Place

      Winter Flower
      by Billy Howell-Sinnard
      The Waters

      Second Place

      Live Nativity
      by Ken Ashworth
      The Waters

      Third Place

      Hitchhiking Through the Wilderness
      by Midnight Moon
      Wild Poetry Forum

  • December 2020 Winners

    • First Place

      Avaricious
      by Judy Kaber
      The Waters

      Second Place

      To James Bulger, aged 2, murdered February 1993
      by two boys aged 10 in Liverpool, England
      by Christopher T. George
      Babilu

      Third Place

      Dr. Pachango’s Mango
      by Jim Fowler
      Babliu