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Poet Juan Felipe Herrera is a lover of experiment, hybrid genres and good flour tortillas. His poetry was sparked by his parent's farm-worker corridos and flourished in the civil rights movement of the 60's. In additional to his twenty-four published works Juan Felipe's recent books are Half of the World in Light: New and Selected Poems, which won the 2009 National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry 2009, and 187 Reasons Mexicanos Can't Cross the Border: Undocuments, which won the 2008 Pen National Poetry Award and the 2008 Pen/Oakland Josephine Miles National Poetry Award. He is the TomÃ¡s Rivera Endowed Chair in the Department of Creative Writing at UC-Riverside.