Trinity County is excited to host California's Poet Laureate, Dana Gioia, for an evening of Poetry Reading on April 7.
The role of the California Poet Laureate is to spread the art of poetry and creative expression from classrooms to boardrooms across the state, to inspire an emerging generation of literary artists and enthusiasts, and to educate all Californians about the many poets and authors who have influenced our great state through creative literary expression.
"I believe that poetry is for everyone," said Gioia. "It is not a remote or intellectual art. Poetry is our most concise, expressive, and memorable way of using words, and it can play a powerful role in schools and civic life. I am honored to become poetry's public servant in California."
Over the course of a two-year term, the California Poet Laureate provides public readings and engagement in urban and rural locations across the state, educates civic and state leaders about the value of poetry and creative expression, and undertakes a significant cultural project.
"Governor Brown's appointment of Dana Gioia as California Poet Laureate brings into state service someone already uniquely known for his great capacity for public service having served as the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts," said Craig Watson, Director of the California Arts Council.