Dana Gioia, an internationally acclaimed poet and critic, will present the first Patrons of the Library lecture for the 2014-2015 year.
Interrogations at Noon (2001), one of four collections of poetry written by Gioia, won the American Book Award. Over two dozen poetry, fiction, and drama collections have been edited and co-edited by Gioia. While serving as Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts from 2003-2009, he helped launch the largest federal history literary programs. These programs included The Big Read, Poetry Out loud, and Shakespeare in American Communities. During his time as a chairman, he led the United States cultural delegation to United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). At the University of Southern California, Gioia was named the Judge Widney Professor of Poetry and Public Culture in 2011.
The lecture will be held on Saturday, November 8, 2014 at 2:00pm in Room PLN 130 of Pollak Library. Admission and parking for the lecture are free. Everyone is welcome.