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An Evening With California’s State Poet Laureate

Submitted by Daisy Phillips —

MARIPOSA — The Mariposa County Arts Council is pleased to bring California State Poet Laureate, Dana Gioia, to Mariposa for a free evening of poetry on Thursday, July 13.

The event will be held at the Alley Beer and Wine Bar on their outdoor stage at 5027 Highway 140 in Mariposa, at 6:30 p.m.

Complementing the reading, Adam Burns will provide live music followed by a facilitated question and answer session.

A poetry open mic featuring local poets and any interested parties will precede the reading from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The Arts Council invites the public to attend both the poetry open mic and Gioia’s reading.

Dana Gioia is an internationally acclaimed and award-winning poet. Former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, Gioia is a native Californian of Italian and Mexican descent. He received a B.A. and a M.B.A. from Stanford University and an M.A. in Comparative Literature from Harvard University.

Gioia has published five full-length collections of poetry, most recently 99 Poems: New & Selected. His poetry collection, Interrogations at Noon, won the 2002 American Book Award.

An influential critic as well, Gioia’s 1991 volume Can Poetry Matter?, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle award, is credited with helping revive the role of poetry in American public culture. In 2014 he won the Aiken-Taylor Award for lifetime achievement in American poetry.

Gioia’s many literary anthologies include Twentieth-Century American Poetry, 100 Great Poets of the English Language, The Longman Anthology of Short Fiction, Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and Writing, and Literature for Life. His poems, translations, essays, and reviews have appeared in many magazines including The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Washington Post Book World, The New York Times Book Review, Slate, and The Hudson Review.

Gioia has written three opera libretti and is an active translator of poetry from Latin, Italian and German.

As Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Gioia succeeded in garnering enthusiastic bipartisan support in the United States Congress for the mission of the Arts Endowment, as well as in strengthening the national consensus in favor of public funding for the arts and arts education.

Gioia’s creation of a series of NEA National Initiatives combined with a wider distribution of direct grants to reach previously underserved communities made the agency truly national in scope. Through programs such as Shakespeare in American Communities, Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience, NEA Jazz Masters, American Masterpieces, and Poetry Out Loud, the Arts Endowment has successfully reached millions of Americans in all corners of the country.

For more information please call the Arts Council please visit the Arts Council’s website at or call the office at (209) 966-3155.

The MARIPOSA COUNTY ARTS COUNCIL, INC. is an incorporated not-for-profit organization, created to promote and support all forms of the cultural arts, for all ages, throughout Mariposa County.

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