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
- Smuggling Cherokee, Greenfield Review Press.
Anthologies Containing Kim's Work
- 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 Amazon.ca]
- Eating Fire, Tasting Blood: Breaking the Great Silence of the American Indian Holocaust
- MariJo Moore (Editor), Thunder's Mouth Pr. [Buy from Amazon.ca]
- Gatherings, Vol XI, Flightscape: a multi-directional collection of Indigenous creative works
- Florene Belmore (Editor), Penticton: Theytus Books [Buy from Amazon.ca]
- The Other Side of the Postcard
- devorah major (Editor), City Lights Foundation Books. [Buy from Amazon.ca]
- 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 Amazon.ca]
- Math Across Cultures, Ruth Brown (Editor), Exploratorium, 1995.
- Science Across Cultures, Exploratorium, 1997.
- Patterns Across Cultures, Exploratorium, 1998.
- 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.
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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