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Calendar, Night&Day On Behalf of the Community

On Behalf of the Community

San Francisco's sixth Poet Laureate, and first Latino to fill the role, will return to City Lights to celebrate the launch of Stray Poems. The book opens with Alejandro Murguia's beautiful inaugural address, in which he accepts the Laureate…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Conversation of Poetry

The Conversation of Poetry

Jack Hirschman made an indelible mark on San Francisco's literary landscape long before he served as the city's Poet Laureate from 2006-2009, and he continues to have a profound impact on the local literary landscape. One of his contributions,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Back-Alley Poetry Readings

Back-Alley Poetry Readings

Everyone knows California knows how to party, but let's back it up to appreciate this one: City Lights Books is throwing a six-month long fiesta for its 60th anniversary. It started last month with a daylong celebration, and continues…
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Calendar, Night&Day Luna Tics

Luna Tics

Alejandro Murguía volunteered in Nicaragua in 1979 — with the good guys, not with the U.S.-backed Contras. He's the author of two books and the former editor of the 1970s local Chicano literary magazine Tin-Tan. We mention this because although…
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Calendar, Night&Day Local Word-Gardening

Local Word-Gardening

Latino poetry is a category that spans multiple cultures, languages, and legacies -- from the pre-Columbian origin myths and political salvos of Pablo Neruda to the Afro-Caribbean rhythms and resistance odes of Nuyorican poets like Pedro Pietri. Oral tradition, legend,…
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