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
Apr 06 2017
USC Poetry + The Broad: Tour of the Imagination

Organized by award-winning poet and University of Southern California Professor of English, Carol Muske-Dukes, this special one-night public reading is The Broad's contribution to National Poetry Month. As part of a USC graduate course entitled A Tour of the Imagination, each of Muske-Dukes' current PhD students will read a poem before the art work which served as inspiration. The reading will be fulfillment of an ongoing collaborative process between image and word: these poets have earlier chosen an individual work of art from the Broad collection, then spent hours "in conversation" with their selection, composing the poem.

11:30pm
221 S. Grand Ave
90012 Los Angeles, 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
Mar 30 2017
Red Hen Press Open-Mic at Der Wolfskopf

Come and enjoy an evening of poetry with Red Hen Press. Join us as we showcase readings of our intern and staff’s original works and share your own. The evening will be filled with laughter, life stories and no doubt some rather nervous first time readers. Help us support our budding authors and poets by coming out and sharing a drink and a poem or two.

One drink minimum.

Find out more on our website: http://redhen.org/rhp-open-mic-poetry-night/

9:30pm to 11:00pm
72 N Fair Oaks Ave
91103 Pasadena, 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 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
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