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

Reading from new poetry

10:00pm
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

10:00pm
261 Columbus Ave.
94133 San Francisco, California
May 31 2018
Borderlands // an Aunt Lute Open Mic feat. Kim Shuck

Join us for a poetry open mic the last Thursday of May. We want to hear about your new growth, your crossings, what territory you've uncovered with the shifting of the seasons. Poets of any level welcome: share with us your undone and your in-process! 15 available open slots, one poem per poet, sign-up upon arrival.

MC and Featured Poet:

Kim Shuck is the current Poet Laureate of San Francisco. She has two full length collections of poetry, one chapbook and one collection of prose poems to her name. Her recent works include Sidewalk NDN (Foothills Publishing, 2014) and Clouds Running In (Taurean Press, 2014). Kim serves on the board of directors for the San Francisco American Indian Cultural Center in planning, is involved with the Cherokee Society of the Greater Bay Area and is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. In addition, she is a former Indian Studies instructor and a visual artist who works with traditional textiles.

This event is free and open to the public! Beverages will be provided.

This event is funded in part by the CAC and the NEA. Questions? Email [email protected].

9:30pm
3036 24th Street
Mission District
94110 San Francisco, 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
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
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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