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Sept. 25

Four for the Quarter:

McKinney, Levine, Gourdine, Knorr

Saturday Sept. 25 at 7:30 PM

1169 Perkins Way

Sacramento, CA

The event will be outdoors, but please bring a mask if you have not been vaccinated

Four fabulous poets in one delightful evening. Julia Levine, Joshua McKinney, Traci Gourdine, and Jeff Knorr join up for a reading of their work. These four writers have unique and powerful voices and all have deep roots in the Sacramento valley. Enjoy this very special occasion with four very special poets.
Emceed by Frank Graham. Hosted by Penny Kline and the Sacramento Poetry Alliance. Venue, date, and time subject to change due to Covid restriction uncertainties. Stay updated by returning to this site or
JOSHUA MCKINNEY'S most recent book of poetry, Small Sillion (Parlor Press, 2019), was short-listed for the 2019 Golden Poppy Award sponsored by CALIBA, and is currently a nominee for the Northern California Book Award. His work has appeared in such journals as Boulevard, Denver Quarterly, Kenyon Review, New American Writing, and many others. He is the recipient of The Dorothy Brunsman Poetry Prize, The Dickinson Prize, The Pavement Saw Chapbook Prize, and a Gertrude Stein Award for Innovative Writing. A member of Senkakukan Dojo of Sacramento, he has studied Japanese sword arts for over thirty years.
JULIA B. LEVINE is the author of four previous poetry collections, including Small Disasters Seen in Sunlight, winner of the Northern California Book Award for Poetry. She is also a recipient of the Discovery/The Nation Award and the Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry from Nimrod. Her work has been widely published in journals such as Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, and The Southern Review. She lives and works in Davis, California.
JEFF KNORR is the author of the three books of poetry The Third Body (Cherry Grove Collections), Keeper (Mammoth Books), and Standing Up to the Day (Pecan Grove Press). His other works include Mooring Against the Tide: Writing Poetry and Fiction (Prentice Hall); the anthology, A Writer's Country (Prentice Hall); and The River Sings: An Introduction to Poetry (Prentice Hall). His poetry and essays have appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies including Chelsea, Connecticut Review, The Journal, North American Review, Red Rock Review, Barrow Street, and Like Thunder: Poets Respond to Violence in America (University of Iowa). Jeff has edited, judged, and been a visiting writer for various conferences and festivals. He was the founding co-editor and poetry editor of the Clackamas Literary Review. He has also been an invited judge for contests such as the DeNovo First Book Contest, the Willamette Award in Poetry and the Red Rock Poetry Award. He has appeared as a visiting writer at such venues and festivals as Wordstock, University of Pennsylvania’s Kelly Writer’s House, The Des Moines Festival of Literary Arts, and CSU Sacramento’s Summer Writers Conference. He currently directs the River City Writer’s Series at Sacramento City College. Jeff has been the Chair of the English department at Sacramento City College and he has also served on the Sacramento County Office of Education Arts Advisory Board. Jeff Knorr lives in Sacramento, California and is Professor of literature and creative writing at Sacramento City College.
TRACI GOURDINE'S poetry and stories have been published in numerous literary magazines, and she has been anthologized within Shepard and Thomas’ Sudden Fiction Continued (Norton Publishing). She is co-editor of Night is Gone, Day is Still Coming (Candlewick Press), an anthology of writing by young Native writers, as well as, We Beg to Differ, poems by Sacramento poets against the war. She has also co-edited the Tule Review with Luke Breit for the Sacramento Poetry Center. She chairs the Creative Writing department for the California State Summer School for the Arts and has served as chair of the Sacramento Poet Laureate Committee. For ten years she facilitated writing workshops within several California state prisons. Originally from New York, she lives in Davis, CA where she has raised two daughters.

Dr. Julia Levine:
Dr. Joshua McKinney:
Traci Gourdine:
Poet Laureate of Sacramento Emeritus Jeff Knorr:



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