Poetry

  • Poet Sara Borjas.
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    Note for Daughters

    - Fresno poet Sara Borjas is the author of Heart Like a Window, Mouth Like a Cliff. She teaches at UC Riverside and was featured in Poets & Writers’ 2019 “Debut Poets.”
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Summons: A Poem by D.A. Powell

Award-winning poet and Bay Area resident D.A. Powell teaches at the University of San Francisco. "Summons" is one of three Powell poems to appear in Alta's Summer 2020 issue.

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Bat Boy: A Poem by D.A. Powell

D.A. Powell, a Bay Area writer and educator, finds poetry in America's favorite pastime. 

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Imagines*: A Poem by D.A. Powell

Pause with this poem by D.A. Powell, a Bay Area poet who has been honored with the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award for poetry.

Poet Matthew Zapruder.
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The Making of a Poem

Matthew Zapruder constructs—and deconstructs—a new poem for the late Joanne Kyger.

“On Leaving the United States for California” was published in Issue 8 of the Californian.
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The Anonymous Bard

They were the first poems published in a California newspaper. But who wrote them? An improbable friendship may hold the clue.

Poet Sara Borjas lives in Los Angeles but stays rooted in Fresno.
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A Poem by Sara Borjas

Borjas might live in Los Angeles, but the poet, author, and educator stays forever rooted in Fresno. This is, "To the Woman Who Said She Could Hear My Accent."

Poet Tess Taylor is the author of several acclaimed collections of poetry, including Rift Zone.
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A Poem by Tess Taylor

The California-based poet reflects on a painful past in this poem from her forthcoming collection, Rift Zone. 

Bay Area–based poet Jane Hirshfield has also published two collections of essays.
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Cold, Clear

Jane Hirshfield has been honored with the Poetry Center Book Award and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Academy of American Poets.

Poet Jane Hirshfield stopped writing for eight years to study at the San Francisco Zen Center.
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Paint

Jane Hirshfield is a Bay Area-based poet, essayist, and translator. Her newest book, Ledger: Poems, will be published in 2020. 

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