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
Apr 28 2017
National Poetry Month Workshop "Poetry Lab #1"

Join Albany's Poet Laureate Rebecca Black in a hands-on workshop and build your own poems. Use all of your senses to explore each of the four stations - in the Tinker Lab, you’ll find paper, scissors, paint, clay and found objects to construct your own three-dimensional poem. Next visit the Poem Decoder Station, the Time Machine Station, and the specially designed annex for Totally New Feelings. No experience necessary; come join Albany's active community of poem-makers, word-designers, and emotion-engineers. Snacks and light refreshments provided. Rebecca encourages adults, kids, and families to join her and discover their inner poets!

8:00pm to 10:00pm
1249 Marin Ave
Main Hall
94706 Albany, California
Apr 25 2017
Reading Work

CSU Bakersfield's Walter Stiern Library presents poets from California's Southern San Joaquin Valley reading work-inspired poems.  An anthology titled "Writing Work" featuring these poems will be given to the audience in attendance.  Included among these poets will be Don Thompson, Kern County's inaugural poet laureate.

10:00pm
8916 Duncanson Dr.
93311 Bakersfield, 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

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    —& 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

   

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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
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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