Poetry

  • Poet Katie Peterson
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    Poem: ‘Paul Bowles’

    - This poem by Katie Peterson appears in her book A Piece of Good News. Peterson's honors include the Howard Mumford Jones Prize, the New Issues Poetry Prize, and the Rilke Prize.
Luis J. Rodriguez was poet laureate of Los Angeles from 2014 to 2016. He is also the author of eight books of poetry.
ARLENE MEJORADO
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Make a Poem Cry

Luis J. Rodriguez was poet laureate of Los Angeles from 2014 to 2016. He’s the author of eight books of poetry and the founding editor of Tia Chucha Press.

Acclaimed poet Ishmael Reed is based in Oakland.
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‘Pluto and Luca Walk Into a Bar’

A new poem by Ishmael Reed. His latest honors include the Alberto Dubito Award for International Poetry and the AUDELCO award for theatre.

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Alta Poetry 2018

These works by California poets capture particular, private moments of life in the Golden State

Frank Osen is the winner of the 2012 Able Muse Book Award.
ROBERT OSEN
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‘November Flea Market’

This poem by Frank Osen appears in "Virtue, Big as Sin," which is his first full-length collection and the winner of the 2012 Able Muse Book Award

Joanne Kyger was the author of over 30 books of poetry and prose.
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‘I Blinked My Eyes, Looked Up and Everyone was 25 Years Older’

This poem by Joanne Kyger (1934-2017) appears in her book “As Ever: Selected Poems”

This is a photo of Dana Gioia was appointed California's Poet Laureate by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2015.
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‘Meet Me at the Lighthouse’

Dana Gioia is a professor of poetry and public culture at the University of Southern California and is the former chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts

Gary Snyder is a noted poet, essayist, lecturer, and environmental activist. Snyder is a winner of a Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and the American Book Award.
POETRY

‘Why California Will Never Be Like Tuscany’

A poem from Gary Snyder, winner of a Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and the American Book Award