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.


  • July 2021 Winners

    • First Place

      The Three Fates
      by Laurie Byro
      The Waters

      Second Place

      If I Needed Someone
      by Bob Bradshaw
      The Writer's Block

      Third Place

      free spirit
      by Billy Howell-Sinnard
      The Writer's Block

  • June 2021 Winners

    • First Place

      Longfellow’s Wife
      by Ken Ashworth
      The Waters

      Second Place

      In My Next Life I Want to Return as an Animal
      by Bob Bradshaw
      The Writer's Block

      Third Place

      A Windy Walk
      by Paul A. Freeman
      The Write Idea