Juan Felipe Herrera was born in Fowler, California, on December 27, 1948. He moved around a lot as a kid, but graduated high school in San Diego. From there, he was one of the first wave of Chicanos to receive an Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) scholarship to attend UCLA, where he became emersed in the local civil rights movement. His continuing education lead him to follow his interest in indigenous cultures. His time in Mexican Indian villages from Chiapas to Nayarit lead Herrera to become a leading voice on the Mexican American and indigenous experience. His work, which includes video, photography, theater, poetry, prose, and performance, got him national recognition, fellowships and grants from the Breadloaf Writers’ Conference, the California Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Stanford Chicano Fellows Program, and the University of California at Berkeley. He currently lives in California with his partner Margarita Robles.