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.

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Jul 18 2017
Poet Laureate's Showcase Reading with Kathryn Nuerenberger, Noah Blaustein & Kate Buckley

Kate Buckley, Laguna Beach’s inaugural poet laureate, is launching a Poet Laureate’s Showcase series of readings, aimed at bringing nationally known poets to Laguna Beach. She’s kicking off the series with two events featuring such literary luminaries as Christopher Merrill, Kathryn Nuernberger, and Noah Blaustein. The first event, featuring readings by Blaustein, Buckley, and Merrill, followed by a Q&A, will be held this Wednesday evening, June 21th, at the Laguna Beach Public Library, 363 Glenneyre Street, Laguna Beach, CA 92651.

The reading and Q&A with the poets will be held from 5:30pm - 6:30pm. The event is free and open to the public. The second event currently scheduled will feature readings by Blaustein, Buckley, and Nuernberger, and will be held on Tuesday, July 18th at 7:30pm at The Sawdust Festival in Laguna Beach. The reading will last one hour and be followed by an audience Q&A with the poets, as well as a book signing. The event is open to the public, and free with admission to the Sawdust Festival.

 

10:30pm
935 Laguna Canyon Road
92651 Laguna Beach, California
Sep 14 2017
Red Hen Press at BGSQD

Featuring RH Judy Grahn, t’ai freedom ford, Heather Aimee O’Neill, Dean Kostos and Celeste Gainey, as well as Jason Schneiderman

Join Los Angeles-based, non-profit publisher Red Hen Press for an evening of reading at the Bureau of General Services – Queer Division (BGSQD). Featuring Red Hen authors Judy Grahn, t’ai freedom ford, Heather Aimee O’Neill, Dean Kostos and Celeste Gainey, as well as poet Jason Schneiderman.

To find out more about the performers, as well as the other events Red Hen is hosting in New York this summer, check out our website here:
http://redhen.org/events/rhp-in-new-york-2/

Facebook event page:
https://tinyurl.com/yah5o3t7

10:00pm
208 W 13th St #210
10011 New York, California
Aug 15 2017
Red Hen Press at Bryant Park

Join Los Angeles-based, non-profit publisher Red Hen Press for an evening of poetry in Bryant Park. Featuring Red Hen authors Cynthia Hogue, Diane Gilliam, t'ai freedom ford, and Camille Dungy, as well as esteemed poet Afaa Weaver.

To find out more about the performers, as well as the other events Red Hen is hosting in New York this summer, check out our website here:
http://redhen.org/events/rhp-in-new-york-2/

Facebook event page:
https://tinyurl.com/yafjq63g

10:00pm
Between 40th and 42nd Streets & Fifth and Sixth Avenues
10018 New York, 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,...

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    —& humans walked to the edge of the sand
  through a bank of verbena & fog;  
     they thought they’d never get over
the deaths, but they were starting to. Worry
     about money rested in their phones. Talk of
 candidates had stalled. Some sang. Grays of

   

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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