Mayor Ed Lee appointed Castro-based poet Kim Shuck on Wednesday to serve as San Francisco’s next Poet Laureate.
Shuck, 51, is the seventh poet to be selected for the position, and the first person of Cherokee descent to hold the spot. She succeeds Alejandro Murguía, who began his tenure in 2012.
“Kim Shuck is passionate about our city’s diversity and its multiplicity of voices,” said City Librarian Luis Herrera in a statement. “As San Francisco Poet Laureate she will celebrate our strength of language and culture. Kim loves our city and values our libraries. We’re excited to work with her to further our city’s literary and poetic tradition by engaging our communities and bringing us together through poetry.”
The search, which commenced last February, was led by a nine-person selection committee comprised of city officials, Bay Area literati and emeritus poet laureates, including Murguía and Jack Hirschman.
Shuck’s poetry, which includes full-length collections “Rabbit Stories” and “Smuggling Cherokee,” draws upon her Cherokee and Polish heritage and her life as a fifth-generation resident of San Francisco. Her latest works — a full-length collection titled "Clouds Running In" and a chapbook titled "Sidwalk Ndn" — were published in 2014.