Community Health, Youth Voices
The youth poetry scene in Fresno got a lift recently when Juan Felipe Herrera, a Central Valley native, became the first Latino U.S. Poet Laureate. Zyanna Maynard talks to other Fresno poets about the significance of Herrera’s being honored. “He explains how nerve racking life is and how soothing poetry can be for the heart and mind…. Poetry gives a sort of calmness that other things don’t. He explains what poetry is made to do and what it’s supposed to make you feel.” Read a poem by Herrera and reactions from young poets, on The Know.