devorah major served as San Francisco’s third Poet Laureate from 2002 to 2006. In addition to her four poetry books including where river meets ocean, street smarts (winner of the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Excellence Award), she has published four poetry chapbooks, two novels including An Open Weave (winner of the ALA Black Caucus First Novel Award), and two biographies for young adults. In 2016, City Lights Publishing will release her new poetry collection and then we became. major’s poetry has been recorded on four CDs and she performs nationally and internationally with and without musicians. She is Poet-in-Residence at San Francisco’s Fine Arts Museums and a Senior Adjunct Professor in Diversity Studies at California College for the Arts.