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

date
May 31 2017
Women of Wisdom & Wine with Guest Poet/Artist, Aliza McCracken

Please join us at WOW, the Women of Wisdom & Wine fellowship, where ladies come together to deepen their faith and build friendships.  We encourage one another to become better daughters, sisters, wives, mothers and friends.

Pastor Craig Harrison will give a wonderful talk from 6:00-7:00 pm with a reception to follow, while guest poet and visual artist, Aliza McCracken shares her newest creation, Peaceful Moments, from 7:00-9:00 pm.  Personally signed copies are available upon request.  They make beautiful gifts for yourself and someone you care about.  

Aliza's popular collection of art and poetry can also be purchased at this event.  Inspirational titles include: Spirit of Joy, Pure Grace, Creative Abundance, The Dance of Love, Celebrating a Beautiful Life, and A Season of Miracles.  A portion of proceeds benefiting artistic literacy and humanitarian programs.  

Please bring your family and friends.  We hope to see you there!

To learn more, please visit stfran.org and alizamccracken.com.

9:00pm
900 H Street
93304 Bakersfield, California
May 03 2017 to May 04 2017
Legacy of Poetry Day Festival at San Jose State University

The SJSU Poets and Writers Coalition presents the Legacy of Poetry Day Festival 2017, celebrating Asian American poetry. Featuring Maxine Hong Kingston, Al Young, Genny Lim, Barbara Jane Reyes, Gary Singh, and Arlene Biala along with San Jose State faculty, staff, student, and alumni poets. Spoken word artists ASHA, Lorenz Dumuk, and Quiyhn-Mai Nguyen And musicians Jon Jang, Francis Wong, Jimmy Biala, and P. J. and Roy Hirabayashi. Co-sponsored by Associated Students, in association with Contemporary Asian Theater Scene (CATS), Poetry Center San Jose, and the 2016-17 Santa Clara County Poet Laureate. For more information go to LPDSJSUFEST.COM. Admission Free.

8:00pm to 12:00am
101 Paseo De San Antonio
95192 San Jose, California
Apr 29 2017
Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day with Poetry

Flintridge Bookstore celebrates Independent Bookstore Day with poetry for all ages!

Schedule of events:

10:00 to 11:30 AM: Visit Cedar the reading therapy dog, and read him a poem from our children's selections

12:00 to 4:00 PM: RENT POET offers poetry-on-the-spot for your pet. Bring a photo (or not), and RENT POET Brian Sonia-Wallace will write a poem using his manual typewriter. Brian will also bring his own dog, a Shiba Inu, and his book, I Sold These Poems Now I Want Them Back. The session will end with a book signing

1:30 to 3:00 PM: 2nd grade students from Paradise Canyon Elementary School recite their original poetry and display their inspired Lego creations

3:00 to 5:00 PM: Poetry open mic for adults. Come early to sign up

 

 

1:00pm to 8:00pm
1010 Foothill Blvd.
91214 La Canada Flintridge, 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
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
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