Special Poetry Reading by Dana Gioia


Special Poetry Reading by Dana Gioia

Event Date: Thursday, May 17th, 2012

Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Location: The John Natsoulas Gallery, Downtown Davis

The Poetry Night Reading Series is proud to welcome the renowned poet, critic, and essayist Dana Gioia for a special reading at noon on Thursday, May 17th at 12 P.M. He will be performing at the John Natsoulas Gallery at 521 1st Street.

Dana Gioia, former chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, is an internationally acclaimed and award-winning poet, essayist, translator, and critic. He received his B.A. and M.B.A. from Stanford University and an additional M.A. in Comparative Literature from Harvard University.

He is the author of four full-length collections of poetry as well as eight chapbooks. His poetry collection, Interrogations at Noon was honored with the 2002 American Book Award. Multilingual, Gioia has translated poetry from Latin, Italian, and German. His poems, translations, essays, and reviews have appeared in numerous magazines and journals including The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Washington Post Book World, The New York Times Book Review, Slate, and The Hudson Review. Gioia has also edited numerous literary anthologies including 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.

He served as the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts from 2003 to 2009 and has been referred to as “The Man Who Saved the NEA” by Business Week Magazine. Additionally, his book of essays, Can Poetry Matter? was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and is credited with helping to revive the role of poetry in American public culture. For example, it inspired the KDVS radio show “Dr. Andy’s Poetry and Technology Hour.”

Dana Gioia has been honored with many awards and accolades, including ten honorary degrees. He is the Judge Widney Professor of Poetry and Public Culture at the University of Southern California. He divides his time between Los Angeles and Sonoma County, California. For more information on Dana Gioia, please visit http://www.danagioia.net/.

This performance is made possible by extra financial support from the John Natsoulas Gallery, and the Cultural Action Committee of the City of Davis.

Attendees are encouraged to arrive early for this noon event at the John Natsoulas Gallery to secure a seat. The Poetry Night Reading Series, organized and hosted by Andy Jones and produced by Pia Baur, occurs on the first and third Thursday of every month at the John Natsoulas Gallery.

Who: Dana Gioia What: The Poetry Night Reading Series When: Thursday, May 17th at 12 PM Where: John Natsoulas Gallery, 521 1st Street

This event is sponsored by The John Natsoulas Gallery, The Davis Cultural Action Committee

For more information please contact: Pia Baur poetryindavis@gmail.com The John Natsoulas Gallery 530-756-3938 www.poetryindavis.com

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