2016 San Francisco Poet Laureate

Kim Shuck Named San Francisco's 7th Poet Laureate

Mayor Edwin M. Lee and City Librarian Luis Herrera today announced that Kim Shuck has been named San Francisco’s Poet Laureate, the seventh artist in City history to hold the title. 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. “She embodies the legacy of our City’s bold and fearless storytellers, and as a fifth-generation resident she has a unique appreciation for what makes San Francisco special. We are honored to have her carry on the proud tradition of our poet laureates.”


Poet Laureate nominees must be San Francisco residents and have a substantial body of published work. Responsibilities of the Poet Laureate include delivering a public inaugural address to an audience at the San Francisco Public Library; participating in community-based poetry events that reflect the diversity of San Francisco; working on one or more poetry-centered events in cooperation with the Library, WritersCorps and Friends of the San Francisco Public Library; and leading a reading or poetry event at Litquake.

An announcement of the next Laureate will be made by the end of the year.

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