Diane di Prima named San Francisco Poet Laureate

Diane di Prima at Litquake
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Mayor Gavin Newsom today introduced Diane di Prima as the City’s 5th Poet Laureate. Poet, prose writer, playwright and teacher, di Prima is the author of 44 books of poetry and prose.

“Diane di Prima is a feminist writer, poet, teacher, and one of the few female Beat writers to attain prominence,” said Mayor Newsom.

“Her writing reflects the political and social upheavals of the 1960’s and 1970’s, as well as her personal life, interest in alchemy, and Eastern philosophies.

As one of the strongest literary voices of her generation, her work continues to inspire, and we are honored to name her the San Francisco Poet Laureate.”

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