San Francisco might be home to literary juggernauts like Amy Tan and Danielle Steel. But Alejandro Murguía has truly been an integral and revolutionary writer-poet for the Latino community, and subsequently, the people of San Francisco for approximately 40 years. Murguía, 63, came to S.F. from L.A. in the early '70s and never left. He published his first book of poetry at 19, then dropped out of college and became a Muni driver. He didn't return to higher education until he was almost 40. Educating the community and fostering a voice for the marginalized are central to his occupations as a writer, poet, resident, professor, and activist. Murguía brings the plight of people to a vivid reality in his work and captures a true facet of San Francisco. He was selected in 2012 as the city's poet laureate; he's the first Latino to assume the prestigious post.
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