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Dana Gioia

Dana Gioia is California’s new state Poet Laureate. Appointed by Governor Jerry Brown in December, 2015, Gioia serves as the state advocate for poetry and literature in libraries, classrooms and boardrooms across California. An award-winning poet, Gioia is the author of Can Poetry Matter?, which is credited for helping revive poetry’s role in American public life. He is also the former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts where he championed arts education. As state laureate, Gioia will work to inspire a new generation of writers and celebrate California’s great literary legacy.


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On the Road: Dana Gioia's 58-County Tour

Dana Gioia is on a mission to be the first California Poet Laureate to visit all 58 California counties.

View the recent county visits on the map below.

Counties Visited 47 | Counties Remaining 11

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Click here to view photos from Dana Gioia's 58-County California Tour

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