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 24 2018
The Holloway Series in Poetry Presents Brenda Hillman
Brenda Hillman reads for the Holloway Series in Poetry at UC Berkeley.
 
The Holloway Series in Poetry is sponsored by the English Department at the University of California, Berkeley, and is funded through an Endowment made by Roberta C. Holloway in 1981. This generous fund has enabled us to establish a tradition of poetry on campus to celebrate the works of renowned and rising contemporary poets, and provide an opportunity for graduate student poets from the UC Berkeley campus community to introduce and read alongside a featured poet.
 
 
6:30pm
315 Wheeler Hall
Maude Fife Room
94720 Berkeley, California
Mar 23 2018 to Mar 25 2018
The Writing Life

"There is a vitality, a life-force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action. And because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium, and be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is, nor how valuable, nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open." —Martha Graham

"This workshop will allow us to leave the rush of our busy lives and be still enough to hear the stories and poems that gestate within us," says Ellen Bass. "We'll write, share our writing, and hear what our work touches in others. We'll help each other to become clearer, go deeper, take new risks. With the safety, support, and inspiration of this gathering, you will have the opportunity to create writing that is more vivid, more true, more complex and powerful than you've been able to do before."

Whether you are interested in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, memoir, or journal writing, this weekend will provide a rich opportunity to immerse yourself in the writing life. Both beginners and experienced writers are welcome.

Recommended reading: Bass, Like a Beggar; ed: Dawes, When the Rewards Can Be So Great: Essays on Writing and the Writing Life.

9:00pm to 3:00pm
55000 Highway 1
93920 Big Sur, California
Feb 04 2018
Nasty Women Poets Book Launch & Reading

San Francisco Bay Area Nasty Women Poets will read from Nasty Women: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse, published by Lost Horse Press, edited by Grace Bauer and Julie Kane.

Readers will include Cathleen Calbert, Elizabeth Hope, Ellaraine Lockie, Laura Ruth Loomis, Eileen Malone, Melanie Reitzel, Linda Ruhle, Rochelle Spencer, & Andrena Zawinski.

5:00pm
653 Chenery Street
94103 San Francisco, California
Poetry in California
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
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
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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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