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Event Information
Title: An Evening With Dana Gioia
Category:Adults and Teens
Date:

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Time: 7 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Library: Healdsburg

Complete Description:
Dana Gioia will discuss literature and read from his work in a free program at the Healdsburg Library.

Mr. Gioia is an internationally acclaimed and award-winning poet. Former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, Gioia is a 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 pursued a business career, becoming a Vice President at General Foods and then left business to devote himself full time to writing in 1992. He has been at the forefront of formal and narrative poetry in America, though his work has often been overshadowed by the critical debates it sparks, especially in defense of form and tradition. He broke ground with Can Poetry Matter?: Essays on Poetry and American Culture (1992). It established Gioia's reputation as a major voice in contemporary letters, a position already recognized in the mid 1980s when Esquire magazine selected him as one of the leading cultural figures of his generation.
As Chairman of the NEA, Gioia succeeded in garnering support in Congress for the arts and promoted reading. Under his leadership, The Big Read became the largest literary program in the history of the federal government. Over 400 communities held month-long celebrations of great literature.
Gioia left government in 2009 and in 2011 became a Professor of Poetry and Public Culture at the USC. He and his wife, Mary, have two sons. He divides his time between Los Angeles and Sonoma County, California.