Dana Gioia at Biola University

Biola University celebrates the “Year of the Arts” with poet Dana Gioia.

Former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, Dana Gioia is an internationally acclaimed and award-winning poet.  A native Californian, Gioia is a graduate of  both Stanford and Harvard Universities. Gioia has published three full-length collections of poetry, as well as eight chapbooks. His poetry collection, Interrogations at High Noon, won the 2002 American Book Award. An influential critic, Gioia’s 1991 volume Can Poetry Matter? was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle award, and is credited with helping to revive  the role of poetry in American public culture. Dana Gioia left the NEA in 2009. He came to USC in the fall of 2011 to assume his role as Judge Widney Professor of Poetry and Public Culture. Check out Dana Gioia’s website at: www.danagioia.net.

“Dana Gioia is one of those rare people who really deserve to be called a ‘national treasure.’ Poet, critic, intellectual, businessman, arts activist, tireless supporter of writers in need of support (both living and dead)—he has nurtured the life of the imagination in myriad ways, counting it an urgent public good. First and foremost, of course, he is a poet—a champion of the social and personal virtues gained by those who work to master beautiful forms.”
– Gregory Wolfe, Image Journal

“Through his poignant verse, insightful criticism, and inspired leadership of the NEA, Professor Gioia has helped millions of Americans experience the positive and transformative power of literature and the arts.”
– USC President, C.L. Max Nikias

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