Alejandro Murguia

Ale Murguia

Alejandro Murguia, M.F.A.

Professor Emeritus

Faculty Biography

  • B.A., English, San Francisco State University
  • M.F.A., Creative Writing, San Francisco State University

Currently researching early texts of exploration in California, Portola, De Anza, and others like Pedro Font, to write about their interactions with Indigenous communities they first encountered. Using these primary sources, I’m writing a series of poems about this encounter between two very different societies.

  • LTNS 215: Introduction to Latina/Latino Studies
  • LTNS 230: Introduction to Latina/Latino Literature
  • LTNS 305: Latina/Latino Studies Creative Writing Workshop
  • LTNS 560: Contemporary Latina/o Literature
  • LTNS 679: Central American Literature
  • He is the sixth San Francisco Poet Laureate and the first Latino to hold the post.
  • His book, This War Called Love, is the City Lights Books winner of the American Book.

He is the author of the short story “The Other Barrio,” which was filmed in the Mission District.

  • This War Called Love (City Lights Books, 2002).
  • Stray Poems (City Lights Books, 2014).

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