Devorah Major

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Devorah Major
San Francisco

Devorah Major is an American writer, editor, recording artist, and professor. She has won awards in poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction and is San Francisco's third Poet Laureate.[1]


Major graduated from San Francisco State University in 1976 after studying African-American Studies and Health Education. She is now a part-time senior adjunct professor at the California College of the Arts.[2]


Major has toured Africa, the Caribbean, South America, Europe, and all over the United States performing her poetry and speaking on panels focused on African-American poetry, Beat poetry, and poetry of resistance.[3] She is the author of two novels and four books of poetry. Her fifth book of poetry, and then we became was published (in 2016) by City Lights.[4]


  • An Open Weave. Seal Press. 1995. ISBN 9781878067661
  • Street Smarts. Curbstone Books. 1996. ISBN 9781880684276
  • Browned Glass Windows. Curbstone Books. 2002. ISBN 9781880684870
  • Where River Meets Ocean. City Lights Books. 2003. ISBN 9781931404037
  • With More Than Tongue. Creative Arts Book Company. 2003. ISBN 9780887395116
  • The Other Side of the Postcard. City Lights Publishers. 2005. ISBN 9781931404068
  • and then we became. City Lights Publishers. 2016. ISBN 9780872867260


  1. ^ "About Me". Devorah Major. Retrieved April 8, 2016.
  2. ^ "Devorah Major | California College of the Arts". Retrieved April 8, 2016.
  3. ^ "About Me". Devorah Major. Retrieved April 8, 2016.
  4. ^ "and then we became (devorah major)". Retrieved April 8, 2016.

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