The Gist: National Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera and the House Freedom Caucus.

The United States’ First Latino Poet Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera

The United States’ First Latino Poet Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
Oct. 9 2015 4:11 PM

Our First Latino Poet Laureate

Juan Felipe Herrera wears many caps, including Rasta-colored beanies and old-fashioned nightcaps that pull down to his nose. 

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Juan Felipe Herrera looks great in a cap.

Image Courtesy Blue Flower Arts

Listen to Episode 354 of Slate’s The Gist:

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On The Gist, some truths and lies about the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. Then, we’re honored to welcome the United State’s new national Poet Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera. As a bilingual, first-generation immigrant, Herrera explains that writing in Spanish feels like writing in a dream language, where he can play with tenses and use words as sonic instruments. In English, his poetry becomes more about architecture and syntax. For the Spiel, Mike goes on a quest to understand the House Freedom Caucus. 

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Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.