San Francisco Poet Laureate Series

Conceived as a way to augment the Laureates' work and impact, both within and beyond the boundaries of San Francisco, the Poet Laureate Series will be produced after each successive Laureate is chosen and inaugurated. Each volume will be comprised of the poet’s inaugural address, along with a selection of poems and/or essays. The book will thus function as a document of each Laureate’s poetic voice and vision for the city. It will be important as a historic and cultural artifact, useful as an educational tool, and is also sure to become a keepsake for the millions of visitors who come through San Francisco each year, a tangible example of the vital and unique cultural life of our city.

Free copies of each volume in the series will be provided to various institutions for use as educational resources. The San Francisco Public Library will make books available to all of its branches, and will encourage educators to utilize this resource. The remainder of the books are to be sold at the City Lights Bookstore, with proceeds from the sale benefiting the City Lights Foundation’s programs in the literary arts.

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All That's Left
San Francisco Poet Laureate Series No. 4
Jack Hirschman
Poems for social justice by San Francisco's Poet Laureate
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Where River Meets Ocean
San Francisco Poet Laureate Series No. 3
devorah major
This collection of poetry begins with the poet's inaugural address as Laureate of San Francisco, a sparkling essay that shows how poetry can please and empower. Strong, introspective and caring, major's poems capture the challenge and joy of being an...
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Love Works
San Francisco Poet Laureate Series No. 2
Janice Mirikitani
This impressive collection brings together Mirikitani's strongest poems on a diversity of subjects: the incarceration of Japanese-Americans during World War II, the fragility and challenges of family relationships, and the quest by people at the...
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San Francisco Poems
San Francisco Poet Laureate Series No. 1
Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Here are all of Ferlinghetti's poems set in the city he has lived in for over half a century. He brings alive, with wit and lyricism, scenes of city life: a Giants baseball game, the Green Street Marching Mortuary Band, bohemian North Beach, Golden...
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Stray Poems
San Francisco Poet Laureate Series No. 6
Alejandro Murguía
Just Arrived! New work from San Francisco's first Latino Poet Laureate! "In the city of poets, Murguía has become the activist voice of refugees and exiles—as so many of us are, even as natives—at the center of the Americas. Disguised by its sensuous intimacy, soothing and ennobling, his is a poetry that arms the resistance."—Dagoberto Gilb