Alejandro Murguia announced as the San Francisco Poet Laureate. Photo from the San Francisco Public Library.

For years poet Alejandro Murguía has been a major player in the Mission’s dynamic literary scene. Bred and poetically ripened in the barrio of “wailing boleros,” Murguía was named San Francisco’s newest poet laureate in July.

He still resides in what he calls “a city of poets” and works in the neighborhood that is his muse, the Mission. What does he have in store for the San Francisco community art as poet laureate? Check out the San Francisco Arts Commission’s Deep Roots podcast with Murguía, in which he discusses his history as a poet and community activist and his poetic vision for the future.

For more on the poet laureate: This summer, Murguía sat down with Mission Local reporters and recited his homage to the Mission, “Sixteenth and Valencia.” Check out the interview here.

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