Alejandro Murguia, San Francisco Author and Poet Laureate 2013


Alejandro Murguia

What an exciting inaugural event and powerful address for author Alejandro Murguia’s appointment as Poet Laureate of San Francisco on Sunday Jan 27, 2013. Standing room only­– blessed by Jorge Molina’s shamanic sounds and blessed again by poet/ MC, Roberto Vargas placing the laurel wreath upon Alejandro’s head and the music of Jose Cuellar (Dr. Loco).

Alejandro’s address was interspersed with inspired recitations of his poems and his reiterated theme that he accepted this honor in the name of all of us- the whole community. We hope to carry portions of the address on La Raza Chronicles (KPFA-fm, 94.1) later this year. “ It is absurd to think” Murguia said quoting Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano, “That poetry can change the world. But it is also absurd to think you can change the world without poetry. “ May this new year be filled with world changing poetry to rebalance our planet and fill it with social justice.

“Alejandro Murguía is author of Southern Front and This War Called Love (both winners of the American Book Award). He is a founding member and the first director of the Mission Cultural Center and professor in Latina/Latino Studies at SFSU. His new collection of poems, Native Tongue, coincides with his title as Poet Laureate of San Francisco.” from

“Alejandro Murguía …is the author of the non-fiction book The Medicine of Memory which highlights the Mission District in the 1970s during the Nicaraguan Solidarity movement. He is a founding member and the first director of The Mission Cultural Center. He is currently a professor in Latina Latino Studies at San Francisco State University. He is the author of Spare Poems, and just published a new collection of poems entitled, Native Tongue.”  from

“Alejandro Murguía was born in California, but raised in Mexico City. His experiences as an international volunteer in the Nicaraguan Insurrection of 1979 are recounted in his second collection of short stories Southern Front (American Book Award,1991). He lives in San Francisco, where he teaches Latin American literature at San Francisco State University. He was named Poet Laureate of San Francisco in 2012.” from

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About Nina Serrano

Nina is a well-known, international prize-winning inspirational author and poet. With a focus on Latino history and culture, she is also a playwright, filmmaker, KPFA talk show host, a former Alameda County Arts Commissioner, and a co-founder of the San Francisco Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts. Oakland Magazine’s “best local poet” in 2010, she is a former director of the San Francisco Poetry in the Schools program and the Bay Area’s Storytellers in the Schools program. A Latina activist for social justice, women’s rights, and the arts, Nina Serrano at 84 remains vitally engaged in inspiring change and exploring her abundant creativity. For more information go to or contact her publisher at For more detailed information about Nina see About Nina on her website.


Alejandro Murguia, San Francisco Author and Poet Laureate 2013 — 2 Comments

  1. Bravo Alejandro for your amazing performance at the library, every detail was great, from the Lorca´s poem flying as a paper plane over the heads of the audience, until the poem-song for Ché. Y gracias por compartir tu reconocimiento como Poeta Laureado de San Francisco con toda la comunidad.
    Thank you Nina to spread the word about this important moment in SF, have Alejandro as aPoet Laureate is an honor and the opportunity to say to SF “The Latino community is here, full of Poetry”

  2. Gatito:

    Un justo reconocimiento por tu condición –no solamente de poeta… que te lo mereces mil veces–, sino también como humanista revolucionario que nos enorgullece a todos en toda nuestra América Latina. Y a ti Nina, muchas gracias por compartir.

    Siempre fraterno,

    Raú Venerio
    Raúl Venerio

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