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JEFF KNORR is the current Poet Laureate for the city and county of Sacramento.  He is the author of three collections of poetry, The Third Body, Standing Up to the Day, and Keeper (a collection of poems & essays). His other works include the co-authored Mooring Against the Tide: Writing Poetry and Fiction (Prentice Hall); the anthology, A Writer's Country (Prentice Hall); and the newly released, The River Sings: An Introduction to Poetry (Prentice Hall).  His poetry and essays have appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies including Barrow Street, Chelsea, Connecticut Review, Red Rock Review, The Journal, and Like Thunder: Poets Respond to Violence in America (University of Iowa, 2002).  He was the 2008 winner of the Ray Bradbury Award in Poetry and in 2009 finished 3rd in the James Hurst Prize from The North American Review.


Jeff has edited, presented, and been an invited judge for various awards.  He was the founding co-editor and poetry editor of the Clackamas Literary Review, which won Best New Magazine in America in 1997 and in 1998.  He has also been an invited reader at such venues as University of Pennsylvania’s Kelly Writer’s House, The Des Moines Festival of Literary Arts and a judge for contests such as the Willamette Award in Poetry, the Red Rock Poetry Award, and C & R Press’ DeNovo First Book Contest.  He has been the Chair of the English department at Sacramento City College and has also served on the Sacramento County Office of Education Arts Executive Advisory Board.


Jeff Knorr currently lives in California's central valley and is  Professor of English at Sacramento City College.


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Sacramento City College

3835 Freeport Blvd.

Sacramento, CA  95822