classic, modern, contemporary, local


we have divided, separated, sorted, or otherwise put the poets into one of four categories:


– anyone from the Chinese poets to Homer to the Romantics and into the late 19th century. We consider this rather huge category the bedrock of our appreciation of poetry.
The insignia in PrintPoetry is the table-top of an old-fashioned writing desk, books, quills, inkwell and so on.

– anyone born roughly after 1875 through the early 1900s whose work was influenced primarily by the years of their youth, i.e. Modernism or World War I.
The insignia in PrintPoetry is an early, open-top car with a couple — scarves flying and dust clouds behind — whose enthusiasm for the “Modern age” is captivating and, from a post-modern perspective, sadly naive.


– anyone born after 1900, living or not. Another name for this category may be the “mid 20th century gang.” It overlaps with the “Moderns” in that some poets may be labeled “Contemporaries” who were born in the late 19th century while others born in the early 20th century are called “Moderns”. Our distinguishing factor between “Moderns” and “Contemporaries” is World War II – was the poet’s life fundamentally influenced or altered by it or not? If World War I is the deciding factor, they are a Modern, not a Contemporary.
The insignia in PrintPoetry is a crane hoisting a steel beam, a symbol of industrial construction in the 20th century.


– anyone living and working in PrintPoetry’s realm of Northern California, i.e. Marin and Sonoma Counties, and including Lake and Napa counties. Our focus is to feature poets from our neck of the woods, including current and past Sonoma County Poet Laureates.
The insignia in PrintPoetry is a redwood tree because this is where the editors and PrintPoetry live.


descriptions by Birgit Nielsen


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