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.

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Feb 24 2018
#PoetryNearYou Pick of the Week: NASTY WOMEN Poets! A Book Reading & Signing
Join us for a Book Reading & Signing by NASTY WOMEN POETS to celebrate the release of NASTY WOMEN POETS: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse, edited by Grace Bower and Julie Kane, on Saturday, February 24, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., at Beyond Baroque in Venice, CA. 
 
Featured poets include Andi Boyd, Hélène Cardona, Alexis Rhone Fancher, Shirley Geok-lin Lim, Ronna Magy, Lisa Mecham, Melinda Palacio, and Lynne Thompson.
 
NASTY WOMEN POETS (Lost Horse Press, 2017) speaks not just to the current political climate and the man who is responsible for its title, but to the stereotypes and expectations women have faced dating back to Eve, and to the long history of women resisting those limitations. The nasty women poets included here talk back to the men who created those limitations, honor foremothers who offered models of resistance and survival, rewrite myths, celebrate their own sexuality and bodies, and the girlhoods they survived. They sing, swear, swagger, and celebrate, and stake claim to life and art on their own terms.
 
The anthology includes work from Kim Addonizio, Jan Beatty, Kelly Cherry, Annie Finch, Alice Friman, Allison Joseph, Marilyn Kallet, Melissa Kwasny, Shirley Geok-lin Lim, Jessica Mehta, Lesléa Newman, Nuala O’Connor, Alicia Suskin Ostriker, Melinda Palacio, Jennifer Perrine, Marge Piercy, Lucinda Roy, Maureen Seaton, Rochelle Spencer, A.E. Stallings, Stacey Waite, Diane Wakoski, Müesser Yeniay, and a fabulous coven of other women’s voices.
 
This event is free and open to the public.
 
 
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4:00pm to 6:00pm
681 Venice Blvd
90291 Venice, California
Apr 24 2018
Beach=Culture: Red Hen Press

Join Red Hen Press and Sebastian Matthews, Chelsey Clammer, Ellen Rachlin, and Sarah Manguso for a night of words and music in Santa Monica.

9:30pm
415 Pacific Coast Hwy
90402 Santa Monica, California
May 12 2018
Brenda Hillman and Giovanni Singleton
Brenda Hillman and Giovanni Singleton discuss recent work and the role poets can play as activists.
 
Brenda Hillman an activist, writer, editor, and teacher. She has published nine collections of poetry, all from Wesleyan University Press, including Practical Water, for which she won the Los Angeles Times Book Award for Poetry. Hillman serves on the faculty of Saint Mary's College in Moraga, California, as the Olivia Filippi professor of poetry.
 
Giovanni Singleton is a poet, teacher, and founding editor of nocturnes (re)view of the literary arts, a journal dedicated to the work of artists and writers of the African Diaspora and other contested spaces.
 
 
4:00pm to 6:00pm
11315 Highway 1
94956 Point Reyes Station, 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
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
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
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