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Janice Mirikitani

Janice Mirikitani is recognized as a poet, visionary, editor, administrator and community activist. is the Co-Founder and Founding President of GLIDE where she in partnership with her husband, Reverend Cecil Williams, for over 5 decades, have achieved worldwide recognition for their groundbreaking organization which empowers San Francisco’s poor and marginalized communities to make meaningful changes in their lives to break the cycle of poverty and dependence. Mirikitani has been a keynote speaker, guest poet, scholar-in-residence and visiting professor for many conferences, universities, and international arts events. Mirikitani is San Francisco’s second Poet Laureate. She has authored five books of poetry, and is the editor of nine landmark anthologies which provide platforms for writers of color, women, youth and children. Mirikitani is the co-author with Williams of BEYOND THE POSSIBLE: 50 Years of Creating Radical Change in a Community Called GLIDE. Mirikitani has received three honorary doctorate degrees, graduated from UCLA, and received a teaching credential from UC Berkeley. She and her family were incarcerated in a Rohwer, Arkansas concentration camp with the mass internment of Japanese Americans during WWII.