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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May 12 2018
Brenda Hillman and Giovanni Singleton
Brenda Hillman and Giovanni Singleton discuss recent work and the role poets can play as activists.
 
Brenda Hillman an activist, writer, editor, and teacher. She has published nine collections of poetry, all from Wesleyan University Press, including Practical Water, for which she won the Los Angeles Times Book Award for Poetry. Hillman serves on the faculty of Saint Mary's College in Moraga, California, as the Olivia Filippi professor of poetry.
 
Giovanni Singleton is a poet, teacher, and founding editor of nocturnes (re)view of the literary arts, a journal dedicated to the work of artists and writers of the African Diaspora and other contested spaces.
 
 
4:00pm to 6:00pm
11315 Highway 1
94956 Point Reyes Station, California
May 15 2018
Carmen Giménez Smith

Celebrating the release of Cruel Futures

City Lights Spotlight Series No. 17

Opening reading by Barbara Jane Reyes

10:00pm
261 Columbus Ave.
94133 San Francisco, 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

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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
  What thoughts I have of you tonight, Walt Whitman, for I walked down the sidestreets under the trees with a headache self-conscious looking at the full moon.
  In my hungry fatigue, and shopping for images, I went into the neon fruit supermarket, dreaming of your enumerations!
  What peaches and what penumbras
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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