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, the Thursdays at Readers series, presents two different poets every week. This week's installment features San Francisco's sixth Poet Laureate, Alejandro Murguía, alongside Jose Hector Cadena, who co-curates the Voz Sin Tinta series held monthly at Alley Cat Books. Murguía, who put himself through SF State's MFA program by driving the N-Judah at night, has won an American Book Award for each of his two short story collections – “Southern Front” (1990) and “This War Called Love” (2002). Although they're from different generations, both of the poets are personable and write in a variety of styles; it should be a good pairing for the intimate setting, which often feels like a conversation and concludes with a walk to North Beach and a few drinks at Specs'.

Readers Bookstore, Fort Mason Building C.

Thu., Dec. 19, 6:30 p.m., 2013

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