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 27 2018
Teen Poetry Slam

A poetry competition for teens to perform original work, alone or in teams, before an audience. Prizes will be awarded. Contact [email protected] to learn more.

9:00pm
40 E Anapamu St
93103 Santa Barbara, California
Apr 26 2018
EARTH DAY POETRY: Create an upcycled book of poems!

As the philosopher Seneca once said, "Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end."  Join us in honoring Earth Day and National Poetry Month by beginning your own unique accordion-style book of poems by using recycled materials that have reached their beginning's end! Poet Laureate Kaecey McCormick will be joined by writer and artist Keiko O'Leary in this two-hour workshop who will teach participants some unique hand-lettering styles to accompany their book of poems. Participants will transcribe a poem (or more) into the book and may bring a poem they've written, a poem they enjoy reading, or may choose from a selection of poems provided at the workshop.

Who: Adults, High School Teens REGISTRATION REQUIRED
When: Thursday April 26, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Where: Cupertino Library, Story Room
Contact: Please email Kaecey or visit cupertinopoetlaureate.org for more information

1:30pm
10800 Torre Avenue
95014 Cupertino, California
Apr 24 2018
COMMUNITY POETRY NIGHT: Celebrate National Poem-in-Your-Pocket Day!

Celebrate National Poetry Month and National Poem-in-Your-Pocket Day! The evening will begin with a brief overview of the holiday, and an open mic poetry reading will follow. Poems read on National Poem-in-Your-Pocket Day are traditionally fairly short, and all participants will leave with a new poem for their pocket! Come to listen & enjoy, or bring a poem to share (original or borrowed)! Readers - please sign in upon arrival.

Who: Adults, Teens
When: Tuesday April 24, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Where: Cupertino Library, Story Room
Contact: Please email Kaecey or visit cupertinopoetlaureate.org for more information

10:00pm
10800 Torre Avenue
95014 Cupertino, 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
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