April is National Poetry Month! Join us for a free-wheeling conversation about poetry and life with Kim Shuck, Poet Laureate of San Francisco, and Rafael Jesús González, Poet Laureate of Berkeley. Poetry readings will be woven through and around. Community Meeting Room, 3rd Floor.
Kim Shuck is a Tsalagi (Cherokee)/Euro-American poet and a fifth-generation San Franciscan whose work draws on Native American culture and tradition in both its historical and contemporary context. She is a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. Kim is also an artist who works with textiles, beads and baskets.
Rafael Jesús González was born in the bicultural/bilingual setting of El Paso, Texas/Juárez, Chihuahua which naturally informs his bi-lingual format of poetry. Also a visual artist, he has exhibited in the Oakland Museum of California, the Mexican Museum of San Francisco and others.
Kim Shuck is a former American Indian Studies instructor and alumnus at San Francisco State University and previously held a residency at the DeYoung Museum. Her works have been displayed across the United States and in Taiwan. Kim currently works for the California College of the Arts Diversity Department, and volunteers for the San Francisco Unified School District. She was awarded KQED’s Local Hero Award in 2008
Kim Shuck’s poetry includes full-length collections Rabbit Stories and Smuggling Cherokee, a full-length collection titled Clouds Running In and a chapbook titled Sidwalk Ndn.
Rafael Jesús González attended the University of Texas El Paso, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, & the University of Oregon. He taught at Laney College in Oakland for 30 years where he founded the Mexican and Latin American Studies Department and is Professor Emeritus of Creative Writing & Literature. Rafael has also taught at universities and colleges in Oregon, Colorado, Washington and Texas. In 2007 he was honored for excellence in poetry at the 20th World Congress of Poets, Montgomery, Alabama. Rafael was also nominated thrice for a Pushcart pize. He received the Annual Dragonfly Press Award for Literary Achievement in 2002 and 2012 and was honored by the City of Berkeley with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 13th Annual Berkeley Poetry Festival in 2015.
Rafael's works include Dias de los Muertos/Days of the Dead, La Musa Lunatica = The Lunatic Muse, Descent to Mictlan, The Land of the Dead and El Hacedor De Juegos/ The Maker of Games.