California

On December 4, 2015, California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. appointed Dana Gioia as California poet laureate. He is the author of numerous poetry collections and books of literary criticism. He will serve a two-year term.

Alejandro Murguía is San Francisco’s sixth poet laureate and the first Latino poet to hold the position. An editor, translator, literary organizer, and prose writer, he is the author of the poetry collections Stray Poems (City Lights Books, 2014) and Native Tongue (CC. Marimbo Press, 2012), among others.

upcoming events

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May 31 2017
Women of Wisdom & Wine with Guest Poet/Artist, Aliza McCracken

Please join us at WOW, the Women of Wisdom & Wine fellowship, where ladies come together to deepen their faith and build friendships.  We encourage one another to become better daughters, sisters, wives, mothers and friends.

Pastor Craig Harrison will give a wonderful talk from 6:00-7:00 pm with a reception to follow, while guest poet and visual artist, Aliza McCracken shares her newest creation, Peaceful Moments, from 7:00-9:00 pm.  Personally signed copies are available upon request.  They make beautiful gifts for yourself and someone you care about.  

Aliza's popular collection of art and poetry can also be purchased at this event.  Inspirational titles include: Spirit of Joy, Pure Grace, Creative Abundance, The Dance of Love, Celebrating a Beautiful Life, and A Season of Miracles.  A portion of proceeds benefiting artistic literacy and humanitarian programs.  

Please bring your family and friends.  We hope to see you there!

To learn more, please visit stfran.org and alizamccracken.com.

9:00pm
900 H Street
93304 Bakersfield, California
May 14 2017
Cholla Needles Poets Read

Featured readers:

  • Ruth Nolan
  • noreen lawlor
  • Caryn Davidson
  • Ellen Baird
  • Evelyn Christensen
  • Steve Braff
  • Kurt Schauppner
  • Giovanni Garcia
  • Jean-Paul L. Garnier
  • Dave Maresh
  • Doug Nichols
  • Debra Walworth
  • r soos
6:00pm
61871 Twentynine Palms Highway
92252 Joshua Tree, California
May 03 2017 to May 04 2017
Legacy of Poetry Day Festival at San Jose State University

The SJSU Poets and Writers Coalition presents the Legacy of Poetry Day Festival 2017, celebrating Asian American poetry. Featuring Maxine Hong Kingston, Al Young, Genny Lim, Barbara Jane Reyes, Gary Singh, and Arlene Biala along with San Jose State faculty, staff, student, and alumni poets. Spoken word artists ASHA, Lorenz Dumuk, and Quiyhn-Mai Nguyen And musicians Jon Jang, Francis Wong, Jimmy Biala, and P. J. and Roy Hirabayashi. Co-sponsored by Associated Students, in association with Contemporary Asian Theater Scene (CATS), Poetry Center San Jose, and the 2016-17 Santa Clara County Poet Laureate. For more information go to LPDSJSUFEST.COM. Admission Free.

8:00pm to 12:00am
101 Paseo De San Antonio
95192 San Jose, California
Poetry in California
Dana Gioia
California poet laureate

Dana Gioia

Born in Hawthorne, California, in 1950, Dana Gioia is the author of several poetry collections, including Interrogations at Noon (Graywolf Press,...

poems

poem
What are you thinking about?

I am thinking of an early summer.
I am thinking of wet hills in the rain
Pouring water.  Shedding it
Down empty acres of oak and manzanita
Down to the old green brush tangled in the sun,
Greasewood, sage, and spring mustard.
Or the hot wind coming down from Santa Ana
Driving
poem
  What thoughts I have of you tonight, Walt Whitman, for I walked down the sidestreets under the trees with a headache self-conscious looking at the full moon.
  In my hungry fatigue, and shopping for images, I went into the neon fruit supermarket, dreaming of your enumerations!
  What peaches and what penumbras
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poem
The only thing I miss about Los Angeles

is the Hollywood Freeway at midnight, windows down and
radio blaring
bearing right into the center of the city, the Capitol Tower
on the right, and beyond it, Hollywood Boulevard
blazing

—pimps, surplus stores, footprints of the stars

—descending through the city