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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Mar 28 2018
Writers' Block Live! with Trevor Kaiser Allred, Shauna Barbosa, and Liz Harmer

Writers’ Block Live! with Trevor Kaiser Allred, Shauna Barbosa, and Liz Harmer. This reading series aims to highlight and discuss writers across various genres and fields.

Trevor Kaiser Allred is a writer, community advocate, and arts enthusiast. He has collaborated with many writers and artists working as the Community Manager at 1888 and as a poet at The dA Center for the Arts. While earning his Master’s in creative writing and critical theory at Cal State Fullerton, he mentored numerous students and campaigned for foreign language learning.

Shauna Barbosa‘s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Virginia Quarterly Review, the Awl, Colorado Review, No Tokens Journal, the Atlas Review, PANK, wildness, Foundry, and others. She received her MFA from Bennington College. Her first book, Cape Verdean Blues, is forthcoming in Spring 2018 from Pitt Poetry Series.

Liz Harmer is a Canadian writer living in California, where she’s currently pursuing her MFA in Creative Writing from Chapman University. Her essays, stories, and reviews have been published widely. In 2014 she won a National Magazine Award for Personal Journalism, and was a finalist for the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. Her first novel, the Amateurs, comes out in April with Knopf Canada.

Writers’ Block is a bi-weekly podcast that highlights the work of writers, poets, scientists, musicians, and more to find the story behind the pieces. Host Mike Gravagno digs into his guests work the same way he digs into pie, voraciously and without pretension, because you don’t have to be high-falutin to enjoy talking about art. Writers’ Block is a joint venture from and Anastamos, Chapman University’s Interdisciplinary Graduate Journal, and is available wherever you get your podcasts.

115 North Orange Street
92866 Orange, California
Mar 23 2018
Writers' Block Live!
Writers’ Block Live! with Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz and Derrick C. Brown. This event also celebrates the release of Derrick and Cristin’s books How to Love the Empty Air.
Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz is the author of seven books of poetry.
Derrick C. Brown has toured with comedians and musicians such as Eugene Mirman, David Cross, Rival Sons, and Cold War Kids. He has performed on Jay Leno, and has been featured on podcasts such as The Nerdist with Kurt Braunohler. He has performed all over the United States and Europe for over 20 years.
Writers’ Block is a joint venture from and Anastamos, Chapman University’s Interdisciplinary Graduate Journal, and is available wherever you get your podcasts.
115 North Orange Street
92866 Orange, California
Jun 12 2018
Tiff Dressen, Norman Fischer, & Alexandra Mattraw

Reading from new poetry

261 Columbus Ave.
94133 San Francisco, 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,...


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
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

—pimps, surplus stores, footprints of the stars

—descending through the city


    —& 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