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See how Juan Felipe Herrera won the crown of poet laureate

See how Juan Felipe Herrera won the crown of poet laureate
Juan Felipe Herrera, joking around during his portrait shoot. (Tomas Ovalle / For The Times)

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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