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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Apr 29 2017
Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day with Poetry

Flintridge Bookstore celebrates Independent Bookstore Day with poetry for all ages!

Schedule of events:

10:00 to 11:30 AM: Visit Cedar the reading therapy dog, and read him a poem from our children's selections

12:00 to 4:00 PM: RENT POET offers poetry-on-the-spot for your pet. Bring a photo (or not), and RENT POET Brian Sonia-Wallace will write a poem using his manual typewriter. Brian will also bring his own dog, a Shiba Inu, and his book, I Sold These Poems Now I Want Them Back. The session will end with a book signing

1:30 to 3:00 PM: 2nd grade students from Paradise Canyon Elementary School recite their original poetry and display their inspired Lego creations

3:00 to 5:00 PM: Poetry open mic for adults. Come early to sign up

 

 

1:00pm to 8:00pm
1010 Foothill Blvd.
91214 La Canada Flintridge, 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
May 03 2017 to May 04 2017
Legacy of Poetry Day Festival at San Jose State University

The SJSU Poets and Writers Coalition presents the Legacy of Poetry Day Festival 2017, celebrating Asian American poetry. Featuring Maxine Hong Kingston, Al Young, Genny Lim, Barbara Jane Reyes, Gary Singh, and Arlene Biala along with San Jose State faculty, staff, student, and alumni poets. Spoken word artists ASHA, Lorenz Dumuk, and Quiyhn-Mai Nguyen And musicians Jon Jang, Francis Wong, Jimmy Biala, and P. J. and Roy Hirabayashi. Co-sponsored by Associated Students, in association with Contemporary Asian Theater Scene (CATS), Poetry Center San Jose, and the 2016-17 Santa Clara County Poet Laureate. For more information go to LPDSJSUFEST.COM. Admission Free.

8:00pm to 12:00am
101 Paseo De San Antonio
95192 San Jose, 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 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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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