Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Kim Shuck is 7th Poet Laureate of San Francisco!

Congratulations to Kim Shuck, author of Smuggling Cherokee: Poems, who is 7th San Francisco Poet Laureate! She writes Tsi-Tsu (Rabbit) narratives and does beadwork, basketry, Cherokee language, and more. From the Hanksville website: “As a poet Kim has read her work around the United States. In late summer and fall of 2005 she toured through Jordan with a group of poets from many countries in the interest of peace and communication. Shuck has read her work on her local radio. She is co-curator of the Spoken Word Series of the Native American Cultural Center. Kim sat for a time on the board of directors for California Poets in the Schools. As a visual artist Kim's work has been shown both in and out of the United States, including shows at the National Museum of Taiwan in Taipei and the Art, Women, California Show at the San Jose Art Museum. She has consulted with museums and galleries around California on the subject of Native artwork. Kim has taught in Elementary Schools, at San Francisco State University and has lectured widely on the subjects of math, art and Native American issues. She has been a teacher since, in 3rd grade, she taught fellow classmates a series of short lessons in crochet.”
is multi-talented, with word arts,

Her Wiki-biography: “Kim Shuck: Cherokee poet, author, and artist. Kim Shuck is a Native-American poet, author, and bead work artist who draws from Southeastern Native American culture and tradition as well as contemporary urban Indian life. She was born in San Francisco, California and is a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. She earned a B.A. in Art (1994), and M.F.A. in Textiles (1998) from San Francisco State University. She has taught American Indian Studies at San Francisco State University and was an artist in residence at the De Young Museum in June 2010 with Michael Horse.”

Awards include:
2008 KQED Local Hero Award, American Indian Heritage Month
2007 Smuggling Cherokee, Poetry Foundation bestseller list (March)
2006 Smuggling Cherokee, SPD Books bestseller list (March)
2005 Mentor of the Year Award Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers
2005 Native Writers of the Americas First Book, Diane Decorah Award
2004 Mary Tallmountain Award

Books, Author:
2014 Sidewalk Ndn, solo chapbook of poetry, FootHills Publishing
2014 Clouds Running In, solo book of poetry, Taurean Horn Press ISBN 978-0931552168
2013 Rabbit Stories, vignette fiction, Poetic Matrix Press ISBN 978-0985288389
2005 Smuggling Cherokee, solo volume of poems, Greenfield Review Press ISBN 978-0878861460

Books, Editor:
2010 “Rabbit and Rose”, online journal, editor, online publication (
2007 Oakland Out Loud, (Ed.) anthology, co-editor, Jukebox Press ISBN 0932693172
2006 Words Upon the Waters, (Ed.) anthology, assistant editor, Jukebox Press 2006