Juan Felipe Herrera California's Poet Laureate Debuts A Poem On The Jefferson Exchange By Geoffrey Riley & Charlotte Duren • Oct 16, 2013 Geoffrey Riley/JPR California Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera joined us on the Jefferson Exchange on Wednesday morning, October 16 (full audio here). And when we asked him to share some of his work, he delivered a new poem, just written this morning on hotel stationery in Ashland. Meet Juan Felipe Herrera, California's Poet Laureate By Geoffrey Riley & Charlotte Duren • Oct 16, 2013 Chautauqua Poets and Writers Listen Listening... / 42:52 Life and art: same thing? Juan Felipe Herrera visits. Both of our states can boast of official Poet Laureates, and today we meet with California's. Juan Felipe Herrera is a prolific poet, a professor at the University of California-Riverside, and the winner of several awards for his work.