Bernal Heights resident Tongo Eisen-Martin has become San Francisco’s eighth poet laureate.
Mayor London Breed and City Librarian Michael Lambert announced the selection Friday. He will succeed poet Kim Shuck in the role.
“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Tongo when he was teaching artist at the African American Arts and Culture complex, and I’ve seen his remarkable ability to spur creativity in youth and inspire them to find their own voice,” Breed said. “His work on racial justice and equity, along with his commitment to promoting social and cultural change, comes at such a critical time for our city and our country.”