Tuesday, May 28, 2013

News at Eleven: Juan Felipe Herrera, a Redlands resident,

began working on i-Promise Joanna as an official Poet Laureate Project last year after hearing news reports about 10-year-old Joanna Ramos, who was killed in a schoolyard fight.

"I hope I can do something to stop it, to curb bullying in all its ugly forms," Herrera said. "This was about Joanna, but it was also about me growing up as a little brown kid not knowing English, feeling ostracized and ashamed, slapped and picked on. When I saw Joanna, I saw myself. I said, 'Juanito, that's it.' "

from Redlands Daily Facts: State poet laureate Juan Felipe Herrera fights bullying


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