Dana Gioia

Dana Gioia was born in 1950. He holds degrees from Stanford and Harvard, and numerous honorary degrees. His 1991 cover essay "Can Poetry Matter?" in The Atlantic, discussing the state of poetry in America at that time, and offering an unsparing critique of university creative writing programs, generated the largest volume of mail in the magazine's history, most of it positive, but much of it vociferously hostile. From 2003 to 2009, Gioia served as the chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) between 2003 and 2009.

Among prizes and awards, Gioia has won the Poets' Prize (twice), the American Book Award, the John Ciardi Award for Lifetime Achievement, the Presidential Citizens Medal, the Laetare Medal (University of Notre Dame), the Aiken Taylor Award for Modern American Poetry, and the Denise Levertov award.

In 2015, Dana Gioia was appointed Poet Laureate of the State of California.



Daily Horoscope (Graywolf, 1986)

The Gods of Winter (Graywolf, 1991)

Interrogations at Noon (Graywolf, 2001)

Pity the Beautiful (Graywolf, 2012)

99 Poems: New & Selected (Graywolf, 2016)

Meet Me at the Lighthouse (Graywolf, 2023)


Can Poetry Matter? (Graywolf, 1992)

Barrier of a Common Language: An American Looks at Contemporary British Poetry (Univ of Michigan, 2003)

Disappearing Ink: Poetry at the End of Print Culture (Graywolf, 2004)

This Man's Army: A War in 50-odd Sonnets by John Allan Wyeth. Introduction by Dana Gioia. Annotations by BJ Omanson. (Univ of South Carolina Press, 2008).

Jack Foley's Unmanageable Masterpiece: California Literary Time Line 1940-2005. Co-authored with Peter Whitfield. (Monongahela Books, 2019).


Studying with Miss Bishop: Memoirs from a Young Writer's Life (Paul Dry Books, 2021)

In addition, Gioia has published works of translation, song cycles, opera libretti, and edited numerous anthologies.

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