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San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck Has The Mic, And She's Speaking Up For Indigenous Women

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Kim Shuck at her inaugural address as Poet Laureate of San Francisco

This interview most recently aired in the April 12, 2023 episode of Crosscurrents.

What’s it like to be San Francisco Poet Laureate? Kim Shuck gives us insight on her experience. She also talks about her writing, beading artistry and being directly impacted by the epidemic of missing and murdered Native American women.

Kim is of Cherokee and Polish heritage. She lost her daughter to violence in 2012. The tragedy inspired her award-winning book Murdered Missing. She isn't taking any money from book sales, but half of the proceeds go to Sovereign Bodies Institute, which gathers data on violence against Native women.

Crosscurrents poetry
Jeneé Darden is an award-winning journalist, author, public speaker and proud Oakland native. She is the executive producer and host of the weekly arts segment Sights & Sounds as well as the series Sights + Sounds Magazine. Jeneé also covers East Oakland for KALW. Jeneé has reported for NPR, Marketplace, KQED, KPCC, The Los Angeles Times, Ebony magazine, Refinery29 and other outlets. In 2005, she reported on the London transit bombings for Time magazine. Prior to coming to KALW, she hosted the podcast Mental Health and Wellness Radio.