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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Nov 30 2017
Poetry Flash presents Dan Gerber and Joseph Stroud
Dan Gerber's new book of poems is Particles: New & Selected Poems. Jim Harrison said, "[Dan Gerber's] work is completely untarnished by fad or fashion and I enter it again and again with a sense of wonderment. When our age passes, this work will remain." He has published eight previous collections, as well as three novels, a collection of short stories, and two books of nonfiction. His honors include a ForeWord magazine Book of the Year Award in Poetry, Michigan Author Award, and the Mark Twain Award. 
 
Joseph Stroud's latest collection is Of This World: New and Selected Poems. Jane Hirshfield says, "One the finest collections of poems I've read in years—intelligent, sensuous, moving, full of insight." Author of numerous previous collections, he has received a Pushcart Prize, had his poems featured on National Public radio, and been awarded a Witter Bynner Fellowship from the Library of Congress.
 
 
7:30pm
2476 Telegraph Ave
94704 Berkeley, California
Dec 10 2017
Poetry Through Voice at The Broad

An evening of unforgettable music and literature featuring GRAMMY® award-winning soprano Hila Plitmann and GRAMMY® award–winning composer/conductor Eric Whitacre, along with California Poet Laureate Dana Gioia, and poets Elise Paschen and Douglas Manuel. This engaging live performance incorporates singer and writer as they interplay between the written and spoken word. Cost of entry is $35. For more information and to purchase tickets please visit thebroadstage.org/redhenpoetryvoice.

7:00pm
1310 11th St.
90401-2000 Santa Monica, California
Dec 06 2017
Florencia Ramirez & Janet Fitch at Vroman's

Join authors Florencia Ramirez and Janet Fitch for an evening at Vroman's Bookstore! They will be presenting and signing their new respective titles — Eat Less Water and The Revolution of Marina M. For those wishing to get books signed, you will be asked to purchase at least one copy of the author's most recent title from Vroman's.

10:00pm
695 E. Colorado Blvd.
91101 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 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

   

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