PEN Center USA is pleased to present the Festival of California Poets.
Friday, October 12, 2012 @ 7 PM
Pasadena Central Library
Donald R. Wright Auditorium
285 East Walnut Street
Pasadena, CA 91101
AMY GERSTLER on TOM CLARK
DANA GIOIA on WELDON KEES
DOUG KEARNEY on WANDA COLEMAN
The Festival of California Poets is an event celebrating the poetic tradition of the Golden State. Three distinguished contemporary California poets will introduce and read poems by canonical California poets, as well as their own poems. A question-and-answer session will follow the readings.
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The Festival of California Poets takes place over two evenings. Learn about Night Two, at the Hammer Museum, here.
Amy Gerstler’s most recent books of poetry include Dearest Creature, Ghost Girl, Medicine, and Crown of Weeds. She teaches in the Bennington Writing Seminars Program at Bennington College in Vermont and in the Masters of Professional Writing program at USC. She lives in Los Angeles, California.
Dana Gioia is an internationally acclaimed and award-winning poet. He has published four full-length collections of poetry and eight chapbooks. His poetry collection Interrogations at Noon won the 2002 American Book Award. Gioia's 1991 volume Can Poetry Matter? was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle award. Gioia's 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 The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Washington Post Book World, New York Times Book Review, Slate, The Hudson Review, and elsewhere. Gioia has written two opera libretti and is an active translator of poetry from Latin, Italian, and German. Former chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, Goia has served as the Judge Widney Professor of Poetry and Public Culture at the University of Southern California since 2011. Gioia has been the recipient of ten honorary degrees. He has won numerous awards, including the 2010 Laetare Medal from Notre Dame. He and his wife, Mary, have two sons. He divides his time between Los Angeles and Sonoma County, California.
Douglas Kearney's first full-length collection of poems, Fear, Some, was published in 2006 by Red Hen Press. His second manuscript, The Black Automaton, was chosen by Catherine Wagner for the National Poetry Series and published by Fence Books in 2009. It was also a finalist for the PEN Center USA Award in 2010. His chapbook-as-broadsides-as-LP, Quantum Spit, was released by Corollary Press in 2010. His newest chapbook, SkinMag (A5/Deadly Chaps) is now available. He has received a Whiting Writers Award, a Coat Hanger award and fellowships at Idyllwild and Cave Canem. Kearney has performed his poetry at the Public Theatre, the Orpheum, The World Stage and others. His poems have appeared in journals such as Callaloo, jubilat, Ploughshares, nocturnes, Ninth Letter, miPoesias, Southampton Review, Washington Square, and Tidal Basin Review. He has been commissioned to compose poetry in response to art by the Weisman Museum in the Twin Cities, the Studio Museum in Harlem, FOCA, and SFMOMA. Performances of Kearney’s libretti have been featured in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, and Europe. Raised in Altadena, CA, he lives with his family in the Santa Clarita Valley. He teaches at California Institute of the Arts and Antioch University.