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.