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

date
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
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

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
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