San Francisco, CA 94133
Region: North Beach/ Chinatown
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 post on behalf of the Latino community, providing a historical overview of significant contributions beginning in the 1840s but especially the decades between the 1970s and now. "So Latin America fused to the history of San Francisco, and vice versa," he writes. "San Francisco fused to the memory of Latin America." Stray Poems, which contains a wide range of work Murguia has written over the past 12 years, is significant also for being put out by the same publisher that released the books of so many of Murguia's predecessors — books that introduced the English-speaking world to poetry giants like Roque Dalton, Ernesto Cardenal, and Daisy Zamora; that they now release Murguia's book in the Poet Laureate series is really something to celebrate.