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 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

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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 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
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

i.

    —& humans walked to the edge of the sand
  through a bank of verbena & fog;  
     they thought they’d never get over
the deaths, but they were starting to. Worry
     about money rested in their phones. Talk of
 candidates had stalled. Some sang. Grays of