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Setting the Word on Fire is an hour-long documentary-in-progress exploring the life and work of activist poet Alejandro Murguia, a writer passionately involved with the struggles of his times. Following in the footsteps of the Beat poets and inspired by the rich tradition of Latin American literature, Murguia fights for social justice with both his words and his deeds. One of the celebrated Mission Poets, he has championed revolutions in Latin America, led cultural and educational programs in San Francisco and campaigned against rampant gentrification nationwide all while winning two American Book Awards and becoming the first Latino to serve as Poet Laureate of San Francisco.


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