2008 NBCC Finalist: Juan Felipe Herrera

By Elizabeth Romero Student Intern of CHASS College Computing
February 4, 2009

Juan Felipe Herrera, Professor of Creative Writing and holder of the Tomas Rivera Endowed Chair, is a poetry finalist for the 2008 National Book Critics Circle (NBBC) award.

On Saturday, January 24, the finalists were announced at the Housing Works Bookstore Café in Manhattan. The National Book Critics Circle groups finalists by genre: fiction, poetry, criticism, metropolitan, biography, autobiography, nonfiction, and Balakian.

Herrera, during the last three decades, has added numerous awards and fellowships to his resume. National Endowment for the Arts Writers' Fellowships, four California Arts Council grants, and the Stanford Chicano Fellows Fellowship, are just a few of the highly acclaimed awards that Herrera has received. The Upside Down Boy, a book written by Herrera, was adapted into a musical for young audiences and was well received in New York City in 2004. Herrera also has published a number of books, such as Super Cilantro Girl, Notebooks of Chile Verde Smuggler, and Grandma and Me at the Flea.

Winners of all NBCC awards for 2008 will be announced Thursday, March 12, 2009.

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