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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Jun 12 2018
Tiff Dressen, Norman Fischer, & Alexandra Mattraw

Reading from new poetry

10:00pm
261 Columbus Ave.
94133 San Francisco, California
Jun 07 2018
Third Man Books

Celebrating new books by Dan Hoy and Abraham Smith

The Terraformers by Dan Hoy

Destruction of Man by Abraham Smith

10:00pm
261 Columbus Ave.
94133 San Francisco, California
May 22 2018
Jenny Xie

Reading from award-winning poetry collection Eye Level

Published by Graywolf Press

Winner of the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets, selected by Juan Felipe Herrera

10:00pm
261 Columbus Ave.
94133 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 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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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