The 8th Annual Creative Edge Lecture
Each Spring, Arts Orange County presents the Creative Edge Lecture to bring together the business, arts, and education communities
to learn about and discuss the value of creativity in all endeavors.

Our 2017 Lecturer was Poet Laureate of the United States, Juan Felipe Herrera!

Juan Felipe Herrera is the 21st Poet Laureate of the United States and is the first Latino to hold the position. He was appointed by the Library of Congress in 2015 for the one-year term, then was re-appointed in April 2016 for an additional one-year term. From 2012-2014, Herrera served as California State Poet Laureate. Herrera's many collections of poetry include Notes on the Assemblage; Senegal Taxi; Half of the World in Light: New and Selected Poems, a recipient of the PEN/Beyond Margins Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award; and 187 Reasons Mexicanos Can't Cross The Border: Undocuments 1971-2007. He is also the author of Crashboomlove: A Novel in Verse, which received the Americas Award. His books of prose for children include: SkateFate, Calling The Doves, which won the Ezra Jack Keats Award; Upside Down Boy, which was adapted into a musical for young audiences in New York City; and Cinnamon Girl: Letters Found Inside a Cereal Box. Herrera is also a performance artist and activist on behalf of migrant and indigenous communities and at-risk youth.

Josh Schlachter, winner of the Between the Lines - OCDE Poetry Competition recited the poem he wrote as the "warm-up" to Juan Felipe Herrera's talk. He is a student at Orange County School of the Arts.

An audience of several hundred attended, including arts leaders, arts educators, students and business people.

Juan Felipe Herrera signed books for more than 100 well-wishers after the lecture.

When Juan Felipe Herrera signs books, he does so with a flourish!

Juan Felipe Herrera and Josh Schlachter

Juan Felipe Herrera poses with the event sponsors (left to right): Terry Dwyer, President, Segerstrom Center for the Arts; Holly Lyons; Richard Stein, President & CEO, Arts Orange County; Mary Lyons; Socorro and Ernesto Vasquez; William Cusato, Director - Service Engineering & Operations Center, Commercial Aviation Services, The Boeing Company.


Past Creative Edge Lectures

"Your Brain on Improv"

Dr. Charles Limb


"The Rise: Creativity, The Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery"

Sarah Lewis


"Redesigning Leadership"

John Maeda


"The Art of Innovation"

Tom Kelley


"Learning and Working in the Collaborative Age"

Randy Nelson


"Launch A Creative Revolution"

Sir Ken Robinson


"Innovation, Education, & the Changing World of Work"

Daniel Pink