Poetry Contest Advisors and Jury Members

Major General John Borling
John Borling’s military career spanned 37 years. During the Vietnam War his aircraft was shot down and he spent the next 6½ years as a POW in Hanoi. His book, Taps on the Walls: Poems from the Hanoi Hilton, is a collection of poems he wrote during his time in captivity. He is the founder of SOS America, a patriotic membership organization that supports a national program of service for young people.

Lawrence Ferlinghetti
A prominent voice of the wide-open poetry movement that began in the 1950s, Lawrence Ferlinghetti has written poetry, fiction, theater, and more. He co-founded City Lights Bookstore in 1953, the first all-paperbound bookshop in the country. His paintings have been shown at galleries around the world. He is the recipient of numerous national and international awards, and was named San Francisco’s Poet Laureate in August 1998.

Alejandro Murguía
Alejandro Murguía, a professor in Latina Latino Studies at San Francisco State University, is the author of Southern Front, This War Called Love (both winners of the American Book Award) and two poetry collections: Spare Poems and Native Tongue. He is the co-editor of Volcán: Poetry From Central America. Murguía is a founding member and the first director of The Mission Cultural Center. He is the sixth San Francisco Poet Laureate, the first Latino poet to hold the position.

Colonel David Rabb
David Rabb has served four years of active duty as infantryman in the United States Marine Corps, and has completed 22 years in the United States Army Reserves. From 1989 to 2007, he served in the 785th Medical Company, Combat Stress Control, which provides combat stress control services and treatment for soldiers with combat stress, grief and loss, and battle fatigue. LTC Rabb, the receipt of the Bronze Star Medal, writes poetry in his spare time.

David Whyte

David Whyte is the author of eight books of poetry and four books of prose. An Associate Fellow at Said Business School at the University of Oxford, he is one of the few poets to take his perspectives on creativity into the field of organizational development. In organizational settings he uses poetry and thoughtful commentary to illustrate how we can foster qualities of courage and engagement.