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Poetry reading, book signing March 11 at MJC

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POSTED March 3, 2010 2:23 a.m.
MODESTO – The Modesto Junior College Literature and Language Arts Division will host a Poetry Reading and Book Signing with Sam Pierstorff on Thursday, March 11, at 7 p.m. in the Student Center Fireside Lounge on East Campus.  Pierstorff, an MJC Professor of English, and former Modesto Poet Laureate, recently published his first solo collection of poetry Growing Up In Someone Else’s Shoes.  The poetry reading is free and open to the public.

 In a press release announcing Pierstorff’s publication, World Parade Books wrote, “Written in the spirit of Billy Collins and Gerald Locklin, Sam Pierstorff’s debut poetry collection, Growing Up In Someone Else’s Shoes, is a witty, offbeat treasure that will immediately find its place in the best of contemporary American poetry. Written in two parts, “Then” and “Now,” this wildly funny, accessible, and insightful collection of poems looks at life before and after children and tenure as a college English instructor.”
Pierstorff received his Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from California State University 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. He is the founder and editor of the literary journal Quercus Review and hosts the popular “Slam on Rye” poetry slam events in Modesto.  Pierstorff wrote and revised portions of his debut poetry collection during his 2007 sabbatical.

 Growing Up In Someone Else’s Shoes is available in the Pirates’ Bookstore on MJC’s East Campus, and online at and  For more information on the MJC Poetry Reading and Book Signing contact the Literature and Language Arts Division at (209) 575-6149.

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