For Immediate Release: September 5, 2017
Media Contact: Michelle Jeffers
(415) 557-4282; Michelle.Jeffers@sfpl.org
Kim Shuck – San Francisco’s New Poet Laureate Begins Her Reign
The City’s seventh poet laureate to read her poetry and reflect on her City
SAN FRANCISCO, CA — San Francisco Public Library announces the inauguration of Kim Shuck, San Francisco’s seventh poet laureate, on Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 6 p.m. in the Koret Auditorium of the Main Library.
Shuck is a published author whose poetry focuses on her multiethnic background which includes Polish and Cherokee heritage, and her experiences as a lifelong resident of San Francisco.
“Kim’s stirring poetry celebrates the spirit of San Francisco and reflects the open and inclusive values of this city,” said Mayor Lee.
Shuck, a Castro resident, has published several full length poetry books, including Clouds Running In, Rabbit Stories, and Smuggling Cherokee and a chapbook, Sidewalk NDN. She is also an educator who has taught at all levels, including at San Francisco State University and currently at the California College of the Arts. She has volunteered in San Francisco Unified School District classrooms for more than 20 years and her visual art works have been displayed in exhibits across the globe.
“This is an honor, it’s a responsibility and it’s an invitation to continue the good work of previous laureates,” said Shuck. “It’s also an opportunity to add some of my own touches, both political and silly. The San Francisco Public Library was a good friend when I was a kid, primarily the Mission, Noe Valley and Castro branches, and I’m looking forward to working on these new projects.”
Shuck was appointed by Mayor Lee after being nominated by a nine-member selection committee comprised of past poet laureates, city officials and members of the Bay Area poetry and literary community. She will succeed Alejandro Murguía, who served as San Francisco’s sixth poet laureate.
“Kim Shuck is passionate about our city’s diversity and its multiplicity of voices,” said City Librarian Luis Herrera. As San Francisco poet laureate she will celebrate our strength of language and culture. Kim loves our city and values our libraries. We’re excited to work with her to further our city’s literary and poetic tradition by engaging our communities and bringing us together through poetry.”
The Sept. 14 event will be Shuck’s first foray as poet laureate as she delivers her inaugural address. She will also participate in community-based poetry events and lead poetry readings at Litquake, the city’s leading literary festival. In addition, she will attend several upcoming poetry-centered events in collaboration with the San Francisco Public Library, WritersCorps and Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.
The public is encouraged to come and hear Shuck read her poetry and discuss her plans as poet laureate. A book sale by the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library follows the event.
Kim Shuck Poet Laureate Inauguration and Celebration – September 14, 6 p.m., Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, Koret Auditorium