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

Jun 12 2018
Tiff Dressen, Norman Fischer, & Alexandra Mattraw

Reading from new poetry

261 Columbus Ave.
94133 San Francisco, California
Jun 07 2018
Third Man Books

Celebrating new books by Dan Hoy and Abraham Smith

The Terraformers by Dan Hoy

Destruction of Man by Abraham Smith

261 Columbus Ave.
94133 San Francisco, California
Mar 23 2018 to Mar 25 2018
The Writing Life

"There is a vitality, a life-force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action. And because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium, and be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is, nor how valuable, nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open." —Martha Graham

"This workshop will allow us to leave the rush of our busy lives and be still enough to hear the stories and poems that gestate within us," says Ellen Bass. "We'll write, share our writing, and hear what our work touches in others. We'll help each other to become clearer, go deeper, take new risks. With the safety, support, and inspiration of this gathering, you will have the opportunity to create writing that is more vivid, more true, more complex and powerful than you've been able to do before."

Whether you are interested in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, memoir, or journal writing, this weekend will provide a rich opportunity to immerse yourself in the writing life. Both beginners and experienced writers are welcome.

Recommended reading: Bass, Like a Beggar; ed: Dawes, When the Rewards Can Be So Great: Essays on Writing and the Writing Life.

9:00pm to 3:00pm
55000 Highway 1
93920 Big Sur, 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,...


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
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