Kim Shuck

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Kim Shuck
Kim Shuck giving inaugural address as poet laureate of San Francisco in 2017
Kim Shuck giving inaugural address as poet laureate of San Francisco in 2017
BornSan Francisco, USA
OccupationAuthor, poet, artist, educator
NationalityCherokee Nation and American
GenrePoetry, non-fiction, fiction

Kim Shuck is a Cherokee Nation poet, author, weaver, and bead work artist who draws from Southeastern Native American culture and tradition as well as contemporary urban Indian life.[1] She was born in San Francisco, California and belongs to the northern California Cherokee diaspora. She is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma and also has Sac and Fox and Polish ancestry.[2] She earned a B.A. in art (1994), and M.F.A. in Textiles (1998) from San Francisco State University. Her basket weaving work is influenced by her grandmother Etta Mae Rowe and the long history of California Native American basket making.[1]

She has taught American Indian Studies at San Francisco State University and was an artist in residence at the de Young Museum in June 2010 with Michael Horse.[3]

On June 21, 2017, Mayor Ed Lee named Shuck as the 7th poet laureate of San Francisco.


  • 2022 COSTO Medal from University of California Riverside
  • 2019 National Laureate Fellowship from the Academy of American Poets[4]
  • 2019 PEN Oakland Censorship Award
  • 2008 KQED Local Hero Award, American Indian Heritage Month
  • 2007 Smuggling Cherokee, Poetry Foundation bestseller list (March)
  • 2006 Smuggling Cherokee, SPD Books bestseller list (March)
  • 2005 Mentor of the Year Award Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers
  • 2005 Native Writers of the Americas First Book, Diane Decorah Award[5]
  • 2004 Mary Tallmountain Award



  • 2021 Exile Heart, That Painted Horse Press
  • 2019 Deer Trails: San Francisco Poet Laureate Series No. 7, City Lights Publishers
  • 2014 Sidewalk Ndn, solo chapbook of poetry, FootHills Publishing
  • 2014 Clouds Running In, solo book of poetry, Taurean Horn Press ISBN 978-0931552168
  • 2013 Rabbit Stories, vignette fiction, Poetic Matrix Press ISBN 978-0985288389
  • 2005 Smuggling Cherokee, solo volume of poems, Greenfield Review Press ISBN 978-0878861460


  • 2010 "Rabbit and Rose", online journal, editor, online publication (
  • 2007 Oakland Out Loud, (Ed.) anthology, co-editor, Jukebox Press ISBN 0932693172
  • 2006 Words Upon the Waters, (Ed.) anthology, assistant editor, Jukebox Press 2006


  1. ^ a b Burgess Fuller, Diane (2002). Art/Women/California 1950-2000. Berkeley/Los Angeles/London: UC Press. pp. 156. ISBN 9780520230668.
  2. ^ "Alameda Island Poets to celebrate Native American heritage". East Bay Times. Retrieved 2023-08-07.
  3. ^ "June Artists-in-Residence: Michael Horse and Kim Shuck". de Young. 12 May 2010. Retrieved 2019-08-21.
  4. ^ "Search Results".
  5. ^ "First Book Awards for Poetry from the Native Writers Circle of the Americas". Retrieved 2019-08-21.