Sam Pierstorff

Professor, Poet, Ninja

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 currently teaches English at Modesto Junior College. He is the founding editor of Quercus Review Press and creator of The Ill List, 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, and he co-edited More Than Soil, More Than Sky: The Modesto Poets, which launched to #1 on Amazon's Poetry Best Seller list upon its release. He was also a contestant on NBC’s American Ninja Warrior, Season 6, certifying him as the world’s first #NinjaPoet.

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