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?Copyright © 2016, Los Angeles Times