All about Julia

Julia Connor, Sacramento’s current poet laureate, graciously agreed to judge our third annual Student Poetry Contest. The author of six books, Connor studied poetics at the New College of California. She has taught at the California State Summer School for the Arts and facilitated workshops for adults with developmental disabilities, as well as incarcerated adults at several California state prisons. She also ran a three-year California Arts Council artist-in-residence writing program for disenfranchised women. She served as the first deputy director of the California Arts Council under Governor Jerry Brown.

Connor’s tenure as poet laureate has included the Think Postcard! project, in which Sacramento-area residents were invited to workshops to decorate postcards for a community art project. Some of the postcards are on display through May 5 at La Raza Galeria Posada, located at 1022 22nd Street. La Raza is open Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m., and admission is free.