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Plaza Voices: U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera

U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera (Library of Congress)

This past June, the Library of Congress announced that the new Poet Laureate of the United States will be California writer Juan Felipe Herrera. He is the first Latino author to hold the post. He was also the Poet Laureate of California from 2012-2015.

Herrera has been called "an American original," whose poems "champion voices and traditions and histories, as well as a cultural perspective, which is a vital part of our larger American identity.” 

Plaza Voices: The Universal Language

Yasmine Hamdan's "Ya Nass," available from DPL

The poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow called music the "universal language of mankind," an old idea with some new scientific backing.

Music, like all languages, is constantly evolving, mixing ideas, identities, and cultures. Globalization and the internet have enabled more and more of us to listen to and create music that crosses the borders between languages, ethnicities, and nations. 

Plaza Voices: The Boulder County Latino History Project

Cover of "La Gente," available at DPL

According to the Pew Research Center, Colorado is home to 1,071,000 Latinos, including immigrants and their descendants as well as Colorado natives, whose families were here before Colorado was part of the United States.

Plaza Voices: Biennial of the Americas

Biennial of the Americas

The Biennial of the Americas, established by Governor John Hickenlooper in 2010 when he was Mayor of Denver, is a series of events, art exhibitions, workshops, and talks devoted to exploring the economic and cultural ties between countries in the Western hemisphere.

Plaza Voices: Independence

Fireworks

Heading into the July 4th weekend, it's good to remember that independence movements aren't ancient history--numerous countries have fought for independence during the past 100 years, and there are active separatist movements across the globe.

Plaza Voices: A World of Comics

Cover of "Just So Happens," available from DPL

Desiree S., a DPL staff member, writes:

Last month, over 100,000 people flocked to the Denver Convention Center for Denver Comic Con, one of the largest events of its kind in the nation.

Plaza Voices: World Refugee Day

World Refugee Day

The Denver Public Library likes stories, especially when told in person.

Plaza Voices: LGBT Immigrants

American/Pride Flag

As of 2013, there were an estimated 267,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) undocumented immigrants living in the U.S., in addition to approximately 637,000 documented LGBT immigrants, according to a report from the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law.

Plaza Voices: Updates on DACA, DAPA, and Colorado License Law

American Flag

After the recent ruling from a federal appeals court denying the Obama administration's request to lift the hold on DAPA and expanded DACA, many in the community will be wondering what, if anything, they can be doing to prepare to apply for these programs. (Peo

Plaza Voices: Plaza Art Show!

Family visiting Denver Art Museum as part of Plaza program

The Denver Public Library's Plaza program partners with both the Denver Art Museum and the Art Students League of Denver to offer free, professional arts programming to Denver's diverse immigrant communities at branches throughout the city.

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