This bracelet was made and designed by Presencia with clay beads and named after Juan Felipe Herrera.
Juan Felipe Herrera – First Chicano Poet Laureate
Herrera grew up in a family of migrant workers who traveled throughout California, taking work where they could and often living in tents. Eventually settling in San Diego, Herrera graduated from high school and received a scholarship to UCLA. He later earned a master’s degree from Stanford and an MFA from the renowned Iowa Writer’s Workshop. As his career flourished, his experiences as a poor campesino continued to influence his writing. In 2015, Herrera was named poet laureate, one of literature’s most distinctive honors. He became the first Chicano to receive the award.