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 25 2017
Red Hen Press at the Griffith Observatory
Pope Brock and Alan Lightman, two prominent authors in the scientific and literary communities, will come together for a reading and discussion moderated by award-winning novelist Sandra Tsing Loh. This event will act as a launch for Pope Brock’s new book Another Fine Mess: Life on Tomorrow’s Moon, which examines what life might be like if humans colonize the moon. Brock will share an engaging discourse with Lightman on the future of space exploration, physics, and science within literary context. 
 
Free entry!
September 25th, 2017
7:30 PM
 
The Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon Theatre
Griffith Observatory
2800 E Observatory Rd,
Los Angeles, CA 90027
 
10:30pm
2800 E Observatory Road
90027 Los Angeles, California
Sep 21 2017
Poetry Flash Presents Brittany Perham and Matthew Siegel
Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Brittany Perham, author of Double Portrait, and Matthew Siegel, author of Blood Work.
 
Brittany Perham's new book of poems, Double Portrait, was the winner of the 2016 Barnard Women Poets Prize, selected by Claudia Rankine, who says, "Double Portrait, by turns playful, mournful, indulgent, musical, insightful, and all the way human, comes clean about our most driving desires…imaginative and familiar, the result is full of humor that is both rueful and sensual." A Jones lecturer in the Creative Writing Program at Stanford University where she was a Stegner Fellow, she is author of the previous collection The Curiosities and co-author, with Kim Addonizio, of the chapbook The Night Could Go in Either Direction
 
Matthew Siegel's debut book of poems, Blood Work, was winner of the 2015 Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry, selected by Lucia Perillo, who says, "These poems resist the dualities of lyric versus narrative, confessional versus impersonal, real against surreal, formal/improvisational, comic/sad. Matthew Siegel manages to tick off all the boxes at once, while remaining compulsively readable. The trick that he's pulled off is to make a book that simultaneously tickles you and shakes you by the scruff of your neck." He, too, is a former Stegner Fellow at Stanford.
 
 
7:30pm
2476 Telegraph Ave
94704 Berkeley, California
Sep 21 2017
New Alchemy Poetry Series
A featured poet and open mic. One door west of Lestat's Coffee House. Host: Seretta Martin.
 
7:00pm
3343 Adams Avenue
92116 San Diego, 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
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