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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May 07 2016
A Celebration of Feminist Poets Who Span a Generation (featuring Judy Grahn)

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About the readers:

Judy Grahn is teacher, activist and award winning author of The Common Woman Poems, Edward the Dyke, A Simple Revolution: the Making of an Activist Poet and many more. Some of her recent publications include Love Belongs to Those Who Do the Feeling and The Judy Grahn Reader. Her forthcoming (and 14th) book is Hanging On Our Own Bones. She was a member of the Gay Women’s Liberation Group, the first lesbian-feminist collective on the West Coast, founded in 1969 which established the first women’s bookstore, A Woman’s Place, as well as the first all-woman press, the Woman’s Press Collective. Ms. Grahn earned her PhD from the California Institute of Integral Studies.  Her honors include a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, an American Book Review Award, an American Book Award, an American Library Award, and a Founding Foremothers of Women’s Spirituality Award. Since 1997 Publishing Triangle, after awarding Grahn a Lifetime Achievement Award in Lesbian Letters, has issued an annual Judy Grahn Nonfiction Award. Today, Ms. Grahn lives in California and teaches women's mythology and ancient literature, Metaformic Consciousness (a philosophy created by Grahn), and Uncommon Kinship - a course that uses theories from her Metaformic philosophy which traces the roots of culture back to ancient menstrual rights at the California Institute for Integral Studies, the New College of California, and the Institute for Transpersonal Psychology.

Eloise Klein Healy the first Poet Laureate of Los Angeles is professor emerita at Antioch University Los Angeles and the co-founder of Eco-Arts. Her collection of poems, Passing, was a finalist for the 2003 Lambda Literary Awards in Poetry and the Audre Lorde Award from The. Healy has also received the Grand Prize of the Los Angeles Poetry Festival and has received six Pushcart nominations. She was involved in the Woman's Building, the well known West Coast feminist cultural center, throughout the 1970s and 1980s in various capacities including as a teacher and a member of the Board of Directors. Healy was instrumental in directing the women's studies program at Cal State Northridge, started the MFA program in creative writing at Antioch University and founded Arktoi Books, an imprint of Red Hen Press.

Lory Bedikian’s The Book of Lamenting was awarded the 2010 Philip Levine Prize for Poetry. Bedikian received her BA from UCLA with an emphasis in Creative Writing and Poetry where she was twice nominated for the Ina Coolbrith Memorial Prize in Poetry. Her poems have been published in the Connecticut ReviewPortland ReviewPoetry InternationalPoet Loreand Heliotrope among other journals and have been included in Blue Arc West: An Anthology of California Poets. And, Poets & Writers magazine chose her work as a finalist for the 2010 California Writers Exchange Award. She lives and teaches poetry workshops in Los Angeles.

Lillian-Yvonne Bertram is one-sixth of the poetry collective, Line Assembly and in 2014, recipient of an NEA Creative Writing Poetry Fellowship. Her chapbook cutthroat glamours (2013) won the Phantom Press chapbook contest and her first full-length book, But a Storm is Blowing From Paradise (Red Hen Press, 2012), was selected by Claudia Rankine as the 2010 Benjamin Saltman Award winner and was a 2013 poetry nominee for the Hurston/Wright Foundation Legacy Award for outstanding works of literature published by people of African descent. Her second book, a slice from the cake made of air,was released this spring from Red Hen Press; her third book, personal science, is forthcoming from Tupelo Press.

Nicelle Davis is a California poet, collaborator, and performance artist. Her books poetry includes Becoming JudasCirce, and In the Circus of You. Her fourth book of poems, The Walled Wife,was released by Red Hen Press this spring. Davis’ work has been published byThe Beloit Poetry Journal, The New York QuarterlyPANKSLAB Magazine, and others. Davis is the editor-at-large of The Los Angeles Review and was the recipient of the 2013 AROHO retreat 9 3/4 Fellowship. She currently teaches at Paraclete and with the Red Hen Press WITS program.

Jenny Factor earned a BA in anthropology at Harvard University, where she studied with Seamus Heaney, and an MFA in literature and poetry at Bennington College. Her book theUnraveling at the Name won the 2002 Hayden Carruth Award and her poems have been featured in numerous anthologies, including The Best American Erotic PoemsPoetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry, and The Poet’s Child. Factor lives in San Marino, California and has worked as a freelance writer, editor and taught at Antioch University, Los Angeles.

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May 05 2016
San Jose State University Legacy of Poetry Day

Legacy of Poetry Day is an annual event to celebrate National Poetry Month, which we will extend by almost a week. The theme of this year’s tenth Legacy of Poetry Day celebration is “Ways and Ways to San Jose: A History of Santa Clara/Silicon Valley.” The theme comes from a poem by Al Young. The event will celebrate San Jose State University’s boisterous poetic legacy dating to Edwin Markham (1852–1940).

Other featured readers also include Santa Clara County Poet Laureate Arlene Biala; recent Santa Clara County Poet Laureates Sally Ashton and Nils Peterson; San Mateo County Poet Laureate Caroline Goodwin; Los Gatos Poet Laureate Emeritus Erica Goss; award-winning SJSU faculty poets including Alan Soldofsky, Creative Writing director, Persis Karim, and Tommy Mouton. Also featured will be poets on the SJSU staff including Vuong Vu, poet and publisher of Tourane Poetry Press.

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“POETRY ON THE PASEO”5:00 pm – Introduction: Music by Cuatro Con Tres, a San Jose-based Latin musicians.5:05 pm: Opening remarks by SJSU President Susan Martin and by Academic Senate Chair Dr. Michael Kimbarow. Tribute to SJSU’s heritage in poetry in the history of Santa Clara Valley, including the poetry of Edwin Markham (1852–1940).

5:15 – 7:00 pm – Short readings by SJSU student, alumni, faculty, staff, and community poets.

7:00 – 8:15 pm – Pachanga on the Paseo: A Roving Spectacle of Public Art.

8:15 p.m. – U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera blesses Hammer Theater Center.


8:20 pm – Al Young leads off the Poet Laureates Reading. Followed by (here listed in alphabetical order): Sally Ashton, Santa Clara County Emerita * Arlene Biala, Santa Clara County Poet Laureate * Jennifer Swanton Brown, Cupertino Poet Laureate Emerita * David Denny, Cupertino Poet Laureate Emeritus * Stan Garber, Los Gatos Poet Laureate *  Caroline Goodwin, San Mateo County Poet Laureate * Erica Goss, Los Gatos Poet Laureate Emerita* Parthenia M. Hicks, Los Gatos Poet Laureate Emerita * Alejandro Murgía, San Francisco Poet Laureate * Nils Peterson, Santa Clara Poet Laureate Emeritus * Amanda Williamsen, Cupertino Poet Laureate * Co-hosted by Rachelle Escamilla, producer/host of KKUP-FM’s Out of Our Minds radio program.

9:15 pm – Keynote reading: Juan Felipe Herrera, U.S. Poet Laureate.

9:30 pm – Juan Felipe Herrera book signing, Hammer Theater Café, off the lobby.

5:00pm to 9:30pm
101 Paseo de San Antonio
95192 San Jose, California
Aug 07 2016
Sunken Garden Poetry Festval: Juan Felipe Herrera and Peg Boyers

The Sunken Garden Poetry Festival is a unique outdoor arts event located on the grounds of this National Historic Landmark in the heart of Farmington.  Beginning on June 22, the festival presents the first of five performances, scheduled for three Wednesday and two Sunday evenings throughout the summer.  Adding to the humanities-rich content of the festival, Hill-Stead offers poetry writing workshops prior to all performances.  The community cherishes this series of readings and music concerts in the informal outdoor setting of the Hill-Stead estate.  Visitors can come early to tour the museum’s world-class Impressionist art collection, walk the trails or attend the pre-performance Prelude conversations with the headlining poets.

Juan Felipe Herrera is the 21st Poet Laureate of the United State (2015-2016) and is the first Latino to hold the position. From 2012-2014, Herrera served as California State Poet Laureate. Herrera’s many collections of poetry include Notes on the Assemblage; Senegal TaxiHalf of the World in Light: New and Selected Poems, a recipient of the PEN/Beyond Margins Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award; and 187 Reasons Mexicanos Can’t Cross The Border: Undocuments 1971-2007. He is also the author of Crashboomlove: A Novel in Verse, which received the Americas Award. His books of prose for children include: SkateFate, Calling The Doves, which won the Ezra Jack Keats Award; Upside Down Boy, which was adapted into a musical for young audiences in New York City; and Cinnamon Girl: Letters Found Inside a Cereal Box. Herrera is also a performance artist and activist on behalf of migrant and indigenous communities and at-risk youth.

Poet Peg Boyers was born in San Tomé, Venezuela, but spent her childhood on the move, living in such countries as Libya, Italy, Indonesia, and Cuba.  Her collections of poetry include Hard Bread (2002), Honey with Tobacco (2007), and To Forget Venice (2014). Hard Bread contains a series of poems written in the voice of Natalia Ginzburg (1916–1991), an Italian writer, editor, and mother who witnessed World War II. Boyers carefully reconstructed Ginzburg’s experiences by illuminating the historical details of her life.

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06032 Farmington , California

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Dana Gioia
California poet laureate

Dana Gioia

Born in Hawthorne, CA in 1950, Dana Gioia is the author of Interrogations at Noon, winner of the American Book Award


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