11-year-old Albuquerque poet invited to perform with nation’s best

Sarita Sol Gonzalez


ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – An 11-year-old Albuquerque poet got a big surprise when she was asked to perform at the Hispanic Cultural Center in front of a large crowd and the nation’s official poet.

Sarita Sol Gonzalez said she is used to performing her poems in front of family and friends, but what she loves more than anything is to perform in front of a crowd where she doesn’t recognize anyone.

“It gives you that feeling like even though they don’t know you, they know how you feel and what you’re thinking through your words,” Gonzalez said.

That feeling that must have struck U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera as he listened to Gonzalez recite one of her poems.

“When he saw Sarita perform he told her, ‘We’re going to call you and invite you out to perform out in Washington D.C.,’ and you know people say a lot of things so we just took it with a grain of salt and appreciated that he noticed her,” Sarita’s father, Manuel Gonzalez, said.

But he did get in touch again. Herrera wrote to invite Sarita to perform at the end of his poet laureateship — an honor that’s extended to only a couple young people. Herrera is expected to give his last lecture as the 2015 U.S Poet Laureate, and right by his side will be a young Burquenita with a lot to say.

“I’m literally bouncing off the walls ecstatic for this,” Sarita said. “I mean who wouldn’t be.”

Sarita is one of only two young poets asked to join Herrera. They’ll perform together in Washington D.C. on April 13, 2016 at the Library of Congress.

Her mom and dad are also trying to make the trip to see their daughter perform, but the trip is expensive. The family has set up a GoFundMe to help with traveling expenses.

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