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Introduction to the Work of Juan Felipe Herrera: Norma Cantú

  • The Writers Place 3607 Pennsylvania Avenue Kansas City, MO, 64111 United States (map)

As we prepare to welcome Juan Felipe Herrera to Kansas City on May 27, we begin a series of events to learn about and celebrate the complexity of this man and his work. 

This session will entail a brief introduction to this prolific writer's work including his trajectory as a Chicano writer based in California. We will read poems that exemplify his autohistoria, or his life story. 

About the Presenter:

As Professor of Latina/Latino Studies and English at UMKC, Cantu’s duties include teaching, committee work, and the development of the Latina and Latino Studies (LLS) Program. She received her Ph.D. in English from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln and has taught at Texas A&M, the University of California – Santa Barbara, and the University of Texas – San Antonio. Cantu is also Professor Emerita at the University of Texas – San Antonio. She is founder and director of the Society for the Study of Gloria Anzaldúa and co-founder of the group of Latina/o poets, CantoMundo, as well as a member of the Macondo Writers Workshop. As editor of a book series, Rio Grande/Rio Bravo: Borderlands Culture and Tradition, at Texas A&M University Press, and Literatures of the Americas, she promotes the publication of research on borderlands culture.