Bannan Visitors

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Dana Gioia

by Dana Gioia |

The Catholic Writer Today


When:
Monday, May 14, 2012, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Where: Williman Room, Benson Center, Santa Clara University

In this lecture on "The Catholic Writer Today," Dana Gioia, former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts and Judge Widney Professor of Poetry and Public Culture at the University of Southern California, asked the question: “What does any Catholic writer have to gain by identifying themselves as Catholic?” This provocative lecture will be immediately followed by a public conversation facilitated by Mick McCarthy, S.J., Executive Director of the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education and Edmund Campion, S.J. University Professor, Santa Clara University.

The Lecture

Dana Gioia, former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, is an internationally acclaimed and award-winning poet. A native Californian of Italian and Mexican descent, Gioia received a B.A. and a M.B.A. from Stanford University and an M.A. in Comparative Literature from Harvard University. Gioia has published three full-length collections of poetry, as well as eight chapbooks. His poetry collection, Interrogations at Noon, won the 2002 American Book Award. An influential critic as well, Gioia's 1991 volume Can Poetry Matter?, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle award, is credited with helping to revive the role of poetry in American public culture.

Gioia's many literary anthologies include Twentieth-Century American Poetry, 100 Great Poets of the English Language, The Longman Anthology of Short Fiction, and Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and Writing. His poems, translations, essays, and reviews have appeared in many magazines including The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Washington Post Book World, The New York Times Book Review, Slate, and The Hudson Review. Gioia has written two opera libretti and is an active translator of poetry from Latin, Italian, and German. Gioia left his position as Chairman of the NEA on January 22, 2009. In 2011 Gioia became the Judge Widney Professor of Poetry and Public Culture at the University of Southern California where he teaches each fall semester.
 

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