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
Mar 30 2017
Red Hen Press Open-Mic at Der Wolfskopf

Come and enjoy an evening of poetry with Red Hen Press. Join us as we showcase readings of our intern and staff’s original works and share your own. The evening will be filled with laughter, life stories and no doubt some rather nervous first time readers. Help us support our budding authors and poets by coming out and sharing a drink and a poem or two.

One drink minimum.

Find out more on our website: http://redhen.org/rhp-open-mic-poetry-night/

9:30pm to 11:00pm
72 N Fair Oaks Ave
91103 Pasadena, California
Mar 23 2017
SYRIA | Because We Come From Everything: The Poetics of Migration

The Poetry Society of America and City Lights Bookstore present a poetry reading and discussion as part of the Poetry Coalition's 2017 programming. Poets Jack Hirschman and Jack Marshall will read poems of theirs and others. Journalist Jeanne Carstensen will join them in conversation.

Jack Hirschman is the former Poet Laureate of the City of San Francisco as well as a translator and editor. He is the author of numerous books of poetry, plus some 45 translations from half a dozen languages, as well as the editor of anthologies and journals. Among his many volumes of poetry are Endless Threshold, The Xibalba Arcane, and Lyripol (City Lights, 1976).

Born in Brooklyn to Jewish parents who emigrated from Iraq and Syria, Jack Marshall now lives in California. He is the author of the memoir From Baghdad to Brooklyn and several poetry collections that have received the PEN Center USA Award, two Northern California Book Awards, and a nomination from the National Book Critics Circle.

Jeanne Carstensen is a San Francisco based writer and radio reporter who is covering the refugee crisis in Greece for the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.  An editor at Salon, SFGate.com and the Whole Earth Review,  and a National Arts Journalism Program fellow at Columbia University, her work has appeared in the New York Times, PRI's The World, Foreign Policy, Nautilus and Salon, among other publications.

Admission is free.

7:00pm
261 Columbus Ave
94133 San Francisco, California

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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
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