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Three-line poems don’t sound like much, but a good haiku can pack a punch!

A haiku is a small poem with immense power that resonates far beyond its words. I think of Modesto in the same way: a small town with immense power that can resonate far beyond the boundaries of the 99 freeway.
Publishing a Modesto Haiku Anthology means locking in our stories and feelings about our city in bite-sized poems. Every syllable reflects a bit of our shared experiences and each line speaks a truth about Modesto as seen through the poetic eyes of its citizens.

This anthology is more than literature; it’s a celebration of Modesto’s identity through the concise art of haiku in order to remind us that even small things can hold immense significance.

Please submit your Modesto Haiku here: <>

Modesto Stanislaus Poetry Festival
MoSt Poetry Festival with Maya Khosla. Be sure to get your ticket to this workshop at the Carnegie Arts Center. Saturday, Feb. 3, 2024 from 10 am to 2 pm. $40; open to all! Check the website for event details and link to purchase tickets

Check out the monthly poetry reading at the Prospect Theatre Project with Angela Drew and Linda Scheller February 13, 7 pm
Also, check out Poetry on Saturday at the Carnegie Arts Center in Turlock on Feb, 24 at 2 pm with Susan Kelly-Dewitt and Mary Mackey. More info on these events here:<>

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About the Author:

Chris Murphy is the President and CEO of Sierra Pacific Warehouse Group and Publisher and Founder of ModestoView Inc. Chris worked globally in the cycling industry returning to Modesto in 1996. He is also the founder of the Modesto Historic Graffiti Cruise Route, Legends of the Cruise Walk of Fame, Modesto Rockin’ Holiday, the Modesto Music History Organization and co-founder of the Modesto Area Music Association. Chris is married to his artist wife Rebecca since 1985 and has two daughters Madison and Abigail, both graduating from Modesto High and UC Berkeley. He is lead singer and guitarist for his band, Third Party that donates their performances to non-profits.