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National Poet to Read His Works at AACC

The National Poet, Himself

Dana Gioia -- Photo by Linda Koolish

March 15, 2013

The Writers Reading series at Anne Arundel Community College is hosting national poet Dana Gioia from 2 to 3:15 Thursday, March 28, in Humanities Building Room 112 (the lecture hall) on Anne Arundel Community College’s Arnold campus, 101 College Parkway. This event is free and open to the public.

Gioia is a poet, critic and teacher. Born in Los Angeles of Italian and Mexican ancestry, he attended Stanford and Harvard universities before taking a detour into business. After years of writing and reading late in the evenings after work, he quit a corporate vice presidency to write. He has published four collections of poetry, “Daily Horoscope” (1986), “The Gods of Winter” (1991), “Interrogations at Noon” (2001), which won the American Book Award, and “Pity the Beautiful” (2012); and three critical volumes, including “Can Poetry Matter?” (1992), an influential study of poetry’s place in contemporary America.

Gioia has taught at Johns Hopkins University, Sarah Lawrence College, Wesleyan University (Connecticut), Mercer University and Colorado College. From 2003-2009 he served as the Chairman of the National Endowments for the Arts. At the NEA he created the largest literary programs in federal history, including Shakespeare in American Communities and Poetry Out Loud, the national high school poetry recitation contest. He also led the campaign to restore active literary reading by creating The Big Read, which helped reverse a quarter century of decline in U.S. reading. He is currently the Judge Widney Professor of Poetry and Public Culture at the University of Southern California. Book sales and signings are scheduled after the reading.

The Writers Reading series at AACC brings in published authors to talk about their writing process and the business of writing, as well as to read from some of their works. For information, contact Susan A. Cohen, Ph.D., professor of English in the English and Creative Writing in the English and Communications Department, 410-777-2545, or