Award-Winning Authors, Activists, Scientists among SF State Alumni Hall of Fame Inductees

Tuesday, October 09, 2018
Photos of Kitty Tsui and Rebecca Solnit

SF STATE NEWS -- “SF State has produced graduates who are not only leaders in their fields but are tireless advocates for their communities and causes. They’re changemakers,” said Executive Director of Alumni and Constituent Relations Caitlin Tramel. “The Alumni Hall of Fame celebration is a chance to shine a light on the many contributions of these inspiring Gators.”

Alumna of the Year Rebecca Solnit (B.A. ’81) graduated with a degree in English Language and Literature and went on to write more than 20 books on a range of topics, including the environment, community, art, politics, hope and memory. Her anthology of political essays Call Them by Their True Names is on the longlist for the 2018 National Book Award. Solnit has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, the National Book Critics Circle Award in criticism and the Lannan Literary Award for her books. Since the 1980s she’s worked on environmental and human rights campaigns, most notably the Western Shoshone Defense Project.

Kitty Tsui (B.A. ’75) studied English Language and Literature and is what many would consider a modern Renaissance woman. She’s been an author, activist, artist, actor and athlete. Tsui is widely recognized as one of the foremothers of the Asian Pacific Islander lesbian movement in San Francisco. Her writing has been collected in more than 90 anthologies worldwide and has been translated in German, Japanese and Italian. Lambda Literary Report listed her as one of the 50 most influential lesbian and gay writers of the decade. This fall, Tsui is one of 12 queer Asian Pacific Islander poets to be honored in A Day in the Queer Life of Asian Pacific America, a poetry and video exhibit at the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center.