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

date
May 16 2018
Reading by Carmen Giménez Smith and giovanni singleton

Poet Carmen Giménez Smith will be reading from her new book, Cruel Futures, celebrated as a "Latina feminist State of the Union address at the intersection of pop culture and interiority." giovanni singleton will also read from her debut poetry collection, Ascension.

10:00pm
2476 Telegraph Ave.
94704 Berkeley, California
Apr 27 2018
Teen Poetry Slam

A poetry competition for teens to perform original work, alone or in teams, before an audience. Prizes will be awarded. Contact [email protected] to learn more.

9:00pm
40 E Anapamu St
93103 Santa Barbara, California
Apr 26 2018
EARTH DAY POETRY: Create an upcycled book of poems!

As the philosopher Seneca once said, "Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end."  Join us in honoring Earth Day and National Poetry Month by beginning your own unique accordion-style book of poems by using recycled materials that have reached their beginning's end! Poet Laureate Kaecey McCormick will be joined by writer and artist Keiko O'Leary in this two-hour workshop who will teach participants some unique hand-lettering styles to accompany their book of poems. Participants will transcribe a poem (or more) into the book and may bring a poem they've written, a poem they enjoy reading, or may choose from a selection of poems provided at the workshop.

Who: Adults, High School Teens REGISTRATION REQUIRED
When: Thursday April 26, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Where: Cupertino Library, Story Room
Contact: Please email Kaecey or visit cupertinopoetlaureate.org for more information

1:30pm
10800 Torre Avenue
95014 Cupertino, 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
Among the blight-killed eucalypts, among
trees and bushes rusted by Christmas frosts,
the yards and hillsides exhausted by five years of drought,

certain airy white blossoms punctually
reappeared, and dense clusters of pale pink, dark pink—
a delicate abundance. They seemed

like guests arriving joyfully on the
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