Every Day We Get More Illegal
Juan Felipe Herrera
- Juan Felipe Herrera is one of America’s most prolific living poets. Having published more than a dozen works to much critical acclaim, Herrera also served as the U.S. Poet Laureate from 2015 to 2017. Such success is due much in part to the moving, and deeply timely, nature of his poetry. Herrera’s writing often addresses topics like race relations, undocumented immigration, and cultural heritage—all of which, despite their longstanding existence in the American social fabric, have resurfaced with new charge in today’s hot-button debates.
- Much of this work was written on the road as U.S. Poet Laureate, where Juan Felipe traveled around the country non-stop for two years. These experiences, rare for any person, are explored in this book, aimed at diverse and marginialized communities.
- We published Juan Felipe's last full-length book of poetry, Notes on the Assemblage, in 2015 and it was named a Book of Year in the New Yorker, the Washington Post, Library Journal, NPR Books, and BuzzFeed Books, and was praised in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, BBC, and many more. We expect this book, his long-awaited follow-up, to get similar attention.
- We expect Juan Felipe to tour extensively once again for this book, and he always attracts a large audience wherever he goes. We plan to arrange large-scale events.