I write with good news! Before I get to it, though, I should say we are happy to report that La Casa de Colores has been going strong for four months now. We hope you have been following its journey along with us. If not, and you are asking yourself “What is La Casa de Colores?” please visit the project’s website to see all it has to offer!
But here is the gist: La Casa de Colores is Juan Felipe Herrera’s Poet Laureate project, which houses two online initiatives, La Familia and El Jardin. The combination of these two initiatives, as Juan Felipe says it, “feed[s] the hearth and heart of our communities with creativity and imagination.” More details below. Click here to read about the project’s September launch.
La Familia, an epic poem in which “all our words will be seen and our voices be heard,” requires the participation of the public–the first of its kind–by calling anyone and everyone to contribute to the poem. Each submission should respond to its month’s theme and can consist of up to 200 characters. Here is the poem’s first segment, and here is the second. Stay tuned for the launching of the poem’s third segment on January 1.
El Jardin, the project’s second initiative, is a space where Juan Felipe interacts with primary resources from the Library’s collections as well as those curating the materials. Each addition to El Jardin features a video of our Laureate exploring the Library’s materials, a curator’s comments, and a poem response written by the Laureate himself. You can find the first two installments of El Jardin here and here.
Now on to the good news. Each initiative has been updated! La Familia has a brand new theme, “Let me tell you what peace can bring,” for which Juan Felipe wrote a poem to inspire you when writing your own submission, and El Jardin’s third installment featuring Woody Guthrie and the Library’s Alan Lomax collection launched.