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See how Juan Felipe Herrera won the crown of poet laureate

Juan Felipe Herrera, the first Latino to be named U.S. poet laureate, is a master of many forms -- and the kind of poet who just might win over those who think they hate poetry.

And, boy, does he know how to work a crowd.

Following the news of Herrera being named the new U.S. poet laureate, we gathered a few videos of the high-spirited Herrera enthusiastically sharing his creative vision with his audiences.

As you watch the artist at work -- or perhaps, play -- you'll feel the connection, as well as the conviction:

Here, he charms the room as reads from "SkateFate":

Here, he engages the crowd as he shares from "187 Reasons Mexicanos Can't Cross the Border":

Here, he reads "Five Directions to My House":

Here, he gives insight into making an unexpected choice about telling a story:

Here, he discusses the history of Chicano literature:

Do you have a favorite work from Herrera? What do you think about his choice as poet laureate?

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