Newsom and Hirschman announce poetry festival
San Francisco's Mayor Gavin Newsom and Poet Laureate Jack Hirschman
Bay City News
July 26, 2007
Poets from around the world will convene to share the gift of
words at the 2007 San Francisco International Poetry Festival,
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and San Francisco Poet Laureate
Jack Hirschman have announced.
"The festival honors our city's great legacy of hosting
and encouraging cross cultural dialogue,'' Newsom said in a statement.
"I am thrilled to be a part of this exciting event that will
contribute so much to our city's unique culture and livability.''
Previous San Francisco poet laureates Lawrence Ferlinghetti,
Janice Mirikitani and devorah major will be joined by Hirschman
and 15 poets from around the world at the four-day festival.
Festival events, which will run from today through Sunday, will
be held at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, San Francisco branch
libraries and various locations in North Beach.
Emerging and established talents representing France, Greece,
Iraq, Israel, Syria and other countries will attend.
"When many languages are sounded in a harmony of presentation,
the hopes of humanity are most openly affirmed,'' said Hirschman.
"The festival will be the heart and soul of those affirmations.''
The festival will kick off at North Beach's Jack Kerouac Alley
today at 6:30 p.m.
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