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.


  • November 2021 Winners

    • First Place

      Cycling Across t’Bridge
      by Ieaun ap Hywel
      The Writer's Block

      Second Place

      Now Hear the Word of the Lord
      by Jim Zola
      The Waters

      Third Place

      Opening the Letter
      by Jim Doss
      Wild Poetry Forum

      Honorable Mention

      Help Wanted
      by Mary MacGowan
      The Waters

      Honorable Mention

      Ode to a Hummingbird
      by RC James
      Babilu

      Honorable Mention

      Sizing Up
      by Paul A. Freeman
      The Write Idea

  • October 2021 Winners

    • First Place (Tie)

      Anna and the Scourge
      by RC James
      Babilu

      First Place (Tie)

      Mother Banana
      by Christina Vanthul
      Babilu

      Second Place

      Neighbors
      by Jim Doss
      Wild Poetry Forum