Native American Poetry Series | Friday Nights at the de Young

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Native American Poetry Series organized by Kim Shuck.

Featured Poets

Naomi Quiñonez
Naomi Helena Quiñonez is a poet, educator, and scholar of Chicana/Latina studies. She is the author of three collections of poetry, Hummingbird Dream/Sueño de Colibri, The Smoking Mirror, and TheExiled Moon.  She co-edited Invocation L.A.: Urban Multicultural Poetry, recipient of an American Book Award, and the critical anthology Decolonial Voices: Chicana and Chicano Studies in the 21st Century. Quiñonez received a PhD in history from Claremont Graduate University and is currently on faculty at San Francisco State University.

Kim Shuck
Kim Shuck, primarily of Cherokee and Polish descent, holds an MFA from San Francisco State University in fine arts. Shuck’s first full collection of poems, Smuggling Cherokee, won the Diane Decorah Award from the Native Writers' Circle of the Americas. She has also won a Mary TallMountain Award and a mentor award from the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers. Shuck is a founding member of the Native Advisory Board for the de Young Museum. Her poetry has been published in anthologies and journals such as the En’owkin Journal of First North American Peoples, Yellow Medicine Review, and Sovereign Erotics: A Collection of Two-Spirit Literature. She has co-edited two volumes of poetry for Oakland’s Jukebox Press and edits the irregular online poetry journal Rabbit and Rose (

Mica Valdez
Mica Valdez is a native (Mexica), mixed-blood, two-spirit artist working on indigenous global issues to effect social change and protect Mother Earth. She recently edited a love anthology by Native American and Latina women, online at Valdez also founded a poetry contest associated with Macha Femme Press and has organized many poetry readings around the Bay Area. Currently Valdez teaches San Francisco State University.

Luke Warm Water
Luke Warm Water is an Oglala Lakota. He is a self-taught poet who began writing in his early thirties and cultivated his verse—marginalized and humorous, yet poignant—through spoken-word venues and poetry slams. Warm Water was the first spoken-word poet to receive an Archibald Bush Foundation individual artist fellowship in literature and was a featured poet at the prestigious Geraldine R. Dodge 12th Biennial Poetry Festival.

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No reservations are needed for the series. It is first come, first seated. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Tonight's public programs are free. Tickets are required to view the permanent collection or special exhibitions.

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Gregory Stock