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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Sep 14 2017
Tongo Eisen-Martin
Tongo Eisen-Martin celebrates the release of Number 61 in the Pocket Poets Series Heaven Is All Goodbyes published by City Lights Books.
 
Tongo Eisen-Martin is the author of the critically acclaimed poetry book, someone's dead already, and his poetry has been featured in Harper's Magazine. He is also a movement worker and educator whose work in Rikers Island was featured in the New York Times. He has been a faculty member at the Institute for Research in African-American Studies at Columbia University, and his curriculum on extrajudicial killing of Black people, "We Charge Genocide Again!" has been used as an educational and organizing tool throughout the country.
 

 

7:00pm
261 Columbus Ave
94133 San Francisco, California
Sep 12 2017
Sarah Page + Tony Robles
Join us every Tuesday evening in the historic literary epicenter of San Francisco to hear poets from near and far read their work!
 
Tuesdays at North Beach is a highly-respected weekly poetry series celebrating internationally acclaimed poets and showcasing local talent. Past guests have included Jonathan Richman, Diane di Prima, California Poet Laureate Al Young and freshly-discovered poets from our sister program, Poets 11.
 
The series is presented by Friends and curated by Friends’ Poet-in-Residence, Jack Hirschman.
 
Interested in reading? Please contact Friends’ Literary Director Byron Spooner at byron.spooner@friendssfpl.org or call (415) 522-8602.
6:30pm
850 Columbus Ave
94133 San Francisco, California
Sep 10 2017
Red Hen Press Groundbreaking Ceremony

Red Hen Press is excited to announce the groundbreaking on our brand new permanent literary center in Pasadena, California.

Join Los Angeles’ largest non-profit independent publisher for a groundbreaking ceremony and fundraiser at our new permanent site on September 10, 2017.

There will be refreshments from local vendors, a live piano performance, and readings by many acclaimed Red Hen authors and poets. 

Join us as we launch the renovation of our new nest! Sunday, September 10, 2017, 1:00 – 5:00 PM at 1540 Lincoln Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91103 

Event page: http://redhen.org/events/red-hen-press-groundbreaking-ceremony/ 

Facebook event:http://tinyurl.com/RHPGroundbreaking

4:00pm
1540 Lincoln Avenue
91103 Pasadena, 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
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
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