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Sam Pierstorff
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SAM PIERSTORFF received his Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from CSU Long Beach and went on to become the youngest Poet Laureate ever appointed in the state of California when he was selected to the position in 2004 by the city of Modesto where he is currently a professor of English at Modesto Junior College. He is the founding editor of Quercus Review Press and creator of The Ill List, central California’s most prestigious poetry slam competition. His debut poetry collection, Growing Up in Someone Else’s Shoes, was published by World Parade Books in 2010. He edited More Than Soil, More Than Sky: The Modesto Poets, which launched to #1 on Amazon's Poetry Best Seller list upon its release, and he is a contributor to the groundbreaking anthology, Salaam, Love: American Muslim Men on Love, Sex, and Intimacy. He was also a contestant on NBC’s American Ninja Warrior, Season 6, certifying him as the world’s first #NinjaPoet.

Entries by Sam Pierstorff

Dear 2015

(0) Comments | Posted December 29, 2015 | 5:25 PM

Dear 2015,

You were not my first year, and you will certainly
not be my last, but as far as years go, you were the worst.

You brought us "man buns" and Donald Trump.
You let ISIS wreak havoc in Paris and San Bernardino.
You let...

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Dear Syrian Refugees

(3) Comments | Posted November 24, 2015 | 5:14 PM

Dear Syrian Refugees,

You are welcome in my home.

Not everyone welcomes you,
not in their country, not in their city,
not on the streets where they walk their dogs,
stopping only to let them urinate on trees.

These are sacred lands, they...

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Attention Deficit Disorder: A Poem for My Son

(8) Comments | Posted December 29, 2014 | 1:36 PM

When he was born, he was so blue
I thought his mother cheated on me with a Smurf,
but he was just holding his breath for way too long.
He almost never exhaled, staring instead at the ceiling
as if there were something up...

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A Letter to My Muslim Son About Love

(12) Comments | Posted June 13, 2014 | 2:56 PM

Don't look for it. It will find you. And if it doesn't, your aunties on your mother's side will find it for you in the form of a young Muslim girl, probably the daughter of a doctor or a lawyer, likely the last sister in her family to be unwed....

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