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Dana Gioia to appear at Healdsburg Library

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013 | Posted by

Dana Gioia, writer and former chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, will appear at the Healdsburg Regional Library at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1. He will read from his work and talk about life and literature.

Gioia’s book “Can Poetry Matter” rocked the literary world when it was released in 1991, and Healdsburg Library’s head librarian Bo Simons spent several years trying to book the elusive author before finally achieving that goal.

Gioia is a native Californian of Italian and Mexican descent who earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Stanford University. He went on to earn a second master’s in Comparative Literature from Harvard University and was credited by Business Week as “The Man Who Saved the NEA.”

During his tenure there, he made strides in a number of areas and instituted “The Big Read,” the federal government’s most comprehensive literary program.

In August 2011, Gioia became Judge Widney Professor of Poetry and Public Culture at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He continues to write poems and essays.

His Healdsburg visit is sponsored by the Joe Mesics’ Literary Canon, a great books discussion group based at the Healdsburg Library. It is free and open to the public.

The Healdsburg Library is located at 139 Piper St., 433-3772.

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