Kim Shuck


Kim Shuck is a poet, weaver, educator, doer of piles of laundry, planter of seeds, traveler and child wrangler. She was born in her mother's hometown of San Francisco, one hill away from where she now lives. Her ancestors were and are Tsalagi, Sauk and Fox and Polish, for the most part. She received a Master of Fine Arts degree in weaving in 1998 from San Francisco State University.

As a poet Kim has read her work around the United States. In late summer and fall of 2005 she toured through Jordan with a group of poets from many countries in the interest of peace and communication. Shuck has read her work on her local radio. She is co-curator of the Spoken Word Series of the Native American Cultural Center. Kim sat for a time on the board of directors for California Poets in the Schools.

As a visual artist Kim's work has been shown both in and out of the United States, including shows at the National Museum of Taiwan in Taipei and the Art, Women, California Show at the San Jose Art Museum. She has consulted with museums and galleries around California on the subject of Native artwork.

Kim has taught in Elementary Schools, at San Francisco State University and has lectured widely on the subjects of math, art and Native American issues. She has been a teacher since, in 3rd grade, she taught fellow classmates a series of short lessons in crochet.

Writing available online

The Way We Honor Heroic Ponies in the City
Bay September
An Answer to Rimbaud's Question: Breakfast with Lee
A Love Song for Eddie
March 2003 from the San Francisco Public Library website
Water as a Sense of Place, from Native Realities

Selected art exhibitions


Kim received the Native Writers of the Americas First Book Award in 2005 for her manuscript Smuggling Cherokee. She was named the Mentor of the Year by the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers in 2005, and received the Mary Tallmountain Award in 2004. She was the Featured Poet for April 2004, City Reflections: War and Peace on Our Streets, a project of San Francisco Poet Laureate devorah major and was a California Humanities Scholar in 1997.

Books by Kim Shuck or containing her work

Poetry       icon

Smuggling Cherokee, Greenfield Review Press.

Anthologies Containing Kim's Work       icon

Words Upon the Waters, a benefit book for victims of Hurricane Katrina,
Karla Brundage, Sara Biel & Kim Shuck (Editors), Jukebox Pr.
Cultural Representation in Native America
Andrew Jolivette (Editor), AltaMira Pr. [Buy from]
Eating Fire, Tasting Blood: Breaking the Great Silence of the American Indian Holocaust
MariJo Moore (Editor), Thunder's Mouth Pr. [Buy from]
Gatherings, Vol XI, Flightscape: a multi-directional collection of Indigenous creative works
Florene Belmore (Editor), Penticton: Theytus Books [Buy from]
The Other Side of the Postcard
devorah major (Editor), City Lights Foundation Books. [Buy from]


Math and Science Across Cultures: Activities and Investigations from the Exploratorium,
Maurice Bazin, Modesto Tamez & The Exploratorium Teacher Institute, W W Norton, 2002. [Buy from]
Math Across Cultures, Ruth Brown (Editor), Exploratorium, 1995.
Science Across Cultures, Exploratorium, 1997.
Patterns Across Cultures, Exploratorium, 1998.

Journal Articles

Poems in Drumvoices Review, Vol. 14, numbers 1 and 2, Spring Summer Fall 2006, Southern Illinois University.
"Not Standing at the Bar," Parthenon West Review, ed. Chad Sweeney and David Holler, Vol. 3, Winter 2005.
"In a Time of Smoke," Shenandoah, Winter 2004, v.54/3, Washington and Lee University.
"The Overseers of Complexity" and "Smuggling Cherokee,"
Cream City Review, "The American Landscape Close Up", Spring 2003, vol.21.1, Univ. of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.
Poem of the Week in Listen and Be Heard, Vol. 2, Issue 31, June 8-14, 2005
"Basket Talk: A Gathering of Native Basketweavers," Fiberarts, V.24, no. 4, c.1998, Altimont Pr.

In Association with

This is an "official" site in that this page was constructed with the assistance and active collaboration of the poet, Kim Shuck. The website "author" is Karen M. Strom.

© 2005 Kim Shuck and Karen Strom.

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