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#057--November 23, 1999; FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: John Kroll
phone: 415/338-1665

SFSU Names Poet Janice Mirikitani
One of 11 Distinguished Alumni

SAN FRANCISCO, November 23, 1999---San Francisco State University will honor Janice Mirikitani, poet and executive director of Glide Memorial Church, as one of 11 outstanding alumni at its Centennial Gala on Thursday, December 2, in the Rotunda of City Hall. The 11 Distinguished Centennial Alumni were selected for their significant contributions to their fields. They represent both the quality of students that come to San Francisco State and the value that an education there confers.

Mirikitani attended San Francisco State University in the 1960s as a graduate student in English. While a student at SFSU she was a member of the Asian American Political Alliance.

Mirikitani's writings include We the Dangerous, Shedding Silence, and Awake in the River . She has also edited eight anthologies, including Watch Out! We're Talking, a collection by women in the drug recovery population speaking out against incest and abuse, and Ayumi, a collection of graphics, poetry, prose, and diaries of four generations of Japanese in America. As a founding member of Third World Communications, she has organized artists, writers, musicians and poets to provide platforms for Third World voices. She is a member of the San Francisco Urban Institute External Steering Committee and is on the executive committee of the San Francisco Arts Commission.

Mirikitani has read her work on the SF State campus three times-events that were recorded and archived by the University's Poetry Center.


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