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
Sep 17 2017
Red Hen Press at City Lights

Join Red Hen Press in San Francisco at the famous City Lights bookstore for an afternoon of reading! Featuring two upcoming non-fiction Red Hen authors Pope Brock and Florencia Ramirez, as well as Red Hen fiction author, Karen Shoemaker.

Free entry!

September 17th, 2017
5:00 PM
 
City Lights Bookstore
261 Columbus Ave,
San Francisco, CA 94133
 
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8:00pm
261 Columbus Avenue
94133 San Francisco, California
Jul 30 2017
Poetry Flash with Christopher Howell and Joseph Millar
DIESEL, A Bookstore in Oakland hosts another installment of Poetry Flash on Sunday, July 30th at 3pm. The featured guest poets will be Christopher Howell and Joseph Millar.
 
Poetry Flash readings are wheelchair accessible; ASL interpreters may be requested one week in advance from editor@poetryflash.org. Visit Poetryflash.org for more events and reviews!
3:00pm
5433 College Avenue
94618 Oakland, 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 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
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