San Francisco Poet Laureate Alejandro Murguía Gives His Inaugural Address

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 17, 2013  

San Francisco Poet Laureate Alejandro Murguía Gives His Inaugural Address

The Parallel Literary Histories of San Francisco: Poetry in Times of Hope and Resistance

San Francisco Public Library is honored to present San Francisco Poet Laureate Alejandro Murguía, who will give his inaugural address as the City’s Sixth Poet Laureate on January 27, 2013, 1-3 p.m. at the San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin St., Koret Auditorium. The title of his address is The Parallel Literary Histories of San Francisco: Poetry in Times of Hope and Resistance. Murguía will speak about the intersection of Latino and San Francisco literary history, particularly the influence of each on the other. He will also talk about how poetry has helped raise awareness about Latin America and Latin Americans here in San Francisco, and the role that poetry has had in shaping the community’s approach to struggle, resistance and community. Interspersed with his comments, he will read selected poems he has written, as well as read from poems he has translated.

Photo of Alejandro Murguia

“In the 1970s and to the present, the contributions of Latino poetic voices to the history and poetic-literary movements of San Francisco cannot be underestimated,” Murguía said. “Latino poets have enriched and enhanced the poetry of San Francisco with their bilingual writings, their political perspectives and their approach—to quote the Salvadoran poet Roque Dalton—that poetry like bread is for everyone. At the same time the people of San Francisco … have been and continue to be a source of solidarity without which this most recent flowering of Latino poetic voices could not have bloomed so brilliantly.” Schedule 1 p.m. – Inaugural Address, San Francisco Main Library, Koret Auditorium Opening Ceremony: Jorge Molina, Shaman of the Mission Native American Invocation: Dr. José Cuellar, Professor Emeritus, San Francisco State University Welcome: San Francisco City Librarian Luis Herrera Introduction: Byron Spooner, Friends of the San Francisco Public Library and Poet Roberto Vargas Inaugural Address: Alejandro Murguía 2 p.m. Reception – San Francisco Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Community Meeting Room Entertainment by La Familia Pena-Govea This event is presented by San Francisco Public Library and Friends of the San Francisco Public Library. There will be a book sale by Readers Bookstore. All programs at the Library are free.   MEDIA CONTACT:  Michelle Jeffers (415) 557-4282; (415) 608-1593 mjeffers@sfpl.org

January 17, 2013