WASHINGTON : A writer of Latino descent was named US poet laureate on Wednesday - a first for the country's booming Hispanic community. Juan Felipe Herrera, a Californian of Mexican descent, got the prestigious nod from the Library of Congress, America's oldest and the world's biggest. Herrera, 66, is the 21st writer to receive the title from the library but the first clearly linked to the Hispanic community in the United States. The designation means that for the next 12 months, with backing from the library, Herrera will be in charge of promoting poetry in the United States.