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Sacramento Poet Laureate Program

Within the poets' bag of magic/madness
There is a poem
For the damaged dream
As beautiful as the one
For the dream fulfilled.
- Jose Montoya, Sacramento Poet Laureate, 2002-04

The Sacramento Poet Laureate Program was established in February 2000 and is designed to extend and bring to life the power and beauty of poetry and the spoken word to our community. The Sacramento Poet Laureate Program strives to encourage literary awareness by the general public. Sacramento's immediate past Poet Laureate is Jeff Knorr. Other past Poets Laureate include Bob Stanley, Julia Connor, Jose Montoya, Dennis Schmitz and Viola Weinberg.

The Arts Commission is proud to announce that the new Sacramento Poet Laureate for 2017-2019 is Indigo Moor. Indigo Moor is a poet, playwright and author currently residing inIndigo Moor Sacramento, CA.  his second book of poetry, Through the Stonecutter's Window, won Northwestern University Press's Cave Canem prize.  His first book, Tap-Root, was published as part of Main Street Rag's Editor's Select Poetry Series.  Three of his short plays, Harvest, Shuffling, and The Red and Yellow Quartet debuted at the 60 Million Plus Theatre’s Spring Playwright’s festival. His stageplay, Live! at the Excelsior, was a finalist for the Images Theatre Playwright Award and is being made into a full length film.  A graduate of the Stonecoast MFA Program—where he studied poetry, fiction, and scriptwriting--Indigo is also a graduate member of the Artist's Residency Institute for Teaching Artists and former Vice President of the Sacramento Poetry Center. Winner of the 2005 Vesle Fenstermaker Prize for Emerging Writers, a 2009 Pushcart Prize nominee, and 2008 Jack Kerouac Poetry contest, Indigo's other honors include: finalist finishes for the T.S. Eliot Prize, Crab Orchard First Book Prize, Saturnalia First Book Award, Naomi Long Madgett Book Award, and WordWorks Prize.  Indigo teaches workshops throughout the Bay area and the greater Sacramento Valley region.