Tom Goff

5133 Gibbons Drive
Carmichael, CA 95608

Author's Bio

I try to stay open to influence, and my influences are many: Robinson Jeffers, Shakespeare, Robert Browning, Donald Justice, James Merrill, Anne Stevenson, Robert Hass, Nora May French, and Marie Ponsot are just a very few who have impressed me (and left a mark). I've studied with Dennis Schmitz and Kathryn Hohlwein, among others. Yet I hope my work is a good record of what the average Californian, average American might think if moved to write on the day's events public and private. Married to Nora Laila Staklis, author of The River Speaks.

Publications and Prizes

The Sacramento Anthology: 100 Poems
(Sacramento Poet Laureate Program, 2001)
Canary, Ekphrasis, Perihelion, Poetry Depth Quarterly, Tule Review
(Rattlesnake Press, 2009)
Prizes Won: 
2 honorable mentions, Sacramento Poetry Center poem contest, 2006. 3rd place, Tiger's Eye poem competition, 2003. Co-edited the American River Review (Best in the Nation from the Community College Humanities Association, 1993). A previous chapbook, truenature (2006), selected for a Poets House showcase.

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now: 
Washington's Crossing by David Hackett Fischer
The Private Patient by P.D. James

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Sacramento, CA
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Last updated: Aug 02, 2010