received his B.A. in Social Anthropology from the
University of California at Los Angeles, his Masters in
Social Anthropology from Stanford and his Masters in Fine
Arts, in Creative Writing from the University of Iowa. Mr.
Herrera often travels and performs with his partner,
Margarita Luna Robles, a poet and performance artist.
Theatre: Juan Felipe has founded a number of performance ensemble
during the last three decades: Teatro Tolteca
(UCLA, 1971 – a choreopoem theatre utilizing jazz,
spoken-word and movement), TROKA ( Bay Area, 1983,
a percussion/spoken word ensemble, Teatro Zapata,
(Fresno, Ca., 1990 –
a student community theatre), Manikrudo: Raw
Essence ( Fresno, Ca., 1993, a culturally diverse,
performance art ensemble and workshop) and
Teatro Ambulante de Salud/The Traveling
Health Theatre (2003, Fresno, Ca. for migrant communities
in the San Joaquin Valley). “Prison Journal,” an
experimental play was featured at the Univ. of Iowa
Playwright’s Festival, 1990. Latin@ Theatre/Movement
& Improv training: Luis Valdez/Teatro Campesino,
Enrique Buenaventura, Rodrigo Duarte-Clark, Olivia
Chumacero, Jorge Huerta, James Donlon.
Poetry, Spoken-Word, Verbal Art: For the last thirty-five years,
Juan Felipe has been writing, publishing, reading,
performing, leading workshops, organizing literary
broadsides, journals and publications in home communities
and universities in California and the Pacific Northwest.
Nineteen books published. Has over one-hundred articles,
poems, reviews, essays in print.
Mural and Visual Art: Juan Felipe was instrumental in installing
early Chicano California murals in San Diego (1973, 74)
and organizing Chicano Latino Arts
and literary Expos at UCLA (1973) and San Diego
(1974) and Stanford, 1979 and University of Iowa (1990).
Film and Video: Co-wrote script for award winning film Chicano
Park (Red Bird Films, 1990) and participated in Gary
Soto’s, The Bike and the Pool Party
video-art pieces such as “To Arrive,” and “British
Nights,” were featured at the University of Iowa’s
Multi-media Workshop, 1990.
Television: Recently wrote poetry for the PBS hit show, American
Family, -- Crashboomlove (2 episodes, 03) and Land of
Dreams (1 episode, 04). Producers: Gregory Nava and
Barbara Martinez-Jitner. Los Angeles.
Community Arts: Juan Felipe has received grants to teach poetry/art
and performance in settings such a community art galleries
such as the Galeria de la Raza in San Francisco, Ca., in
1983-84, develop community art and literature broadsides
San Diego, Ca., teach poetry in prisons (Soledad
Correctional Facility, 1987-88).
New Books: 04
Notebooks of a Chile Verde Smuggler (Univ. Arizona Press)
Supercilantro Girl (Children’s Book Press)
Coralito’s Bay, Bahia de Coralito (Monterey National Marine
Featherless/Desplumado (Children’s Book Press) /
Forthcoming Books: 05
Cinnamon Girl (Harper Collins/Joanna Cotler Books, NY) Fall 05
Downtown Boy (Scholastic-Signature, NY), Fall ‘05
For more information, call the Cal State L.A. English Department at (323) 343-4140.