The writer, playwright, educator and California poet laureate will read and discuss his work at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, at Mountain Avenue Theatre, 201 S. Mountain Ave. Herrera is a professor of creative writing at the University of California at Riverside, and has won many awards for his poetry. His books include “Senegal Taxi,” “Downtown Boy,” “Crashboomlove,” “The Upside Down Boy” and many others. Tickets cost $15 and can be purchased online at www.showtix4u.com, Bloomsbury Books and Bookwagon. Reserved seats cost $20 and can be purchased online only. Student tickets cost $12 and are available at Ashland High School.