Dana Gioia

Former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, Dana Gioia is not only a prominent arts advocate and business man, he is also a prize-winning and highly acclaimed poet.

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Born in a suburb of Los Angeles, Gioia was surrounded by poetry since childhood, stating that his Mexican-American mother often recited and read poetry and possessed no higher education of her own. Gioia came to believe that poetry is not “an intrinsically difficult art whose mysteries can be appreciated only by a trained intellectual” (PoetryFoundation.org).

After earning his B.A. from Stanford University in Business, Gioia studied Comparative Literature at Harvard University under the tutelage Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Fitzgerald.

Gioia’s many hats include former vice president at General Foods, winner of the American Book Award (for Interrogations at Noon of 2001), several positions teaching poetry on the university level, as well as, of course, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts from 2003 to 2008. He is responsible for initiating such programs as Poetry Out Loud, Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience, and Shakespeare in American Communities, as well as several others.

Though Gioia often writes in free verse, he is best known for his work in the New Formalism school, a movement begun in the 1990s to reinvigorate contemporary poetry with traditional form. Gioia is also a translator, opera librettist, essayist, and reviewer.

–Christie Finn

Related Information

Books

Interrogations at Noon

By Dana Gioia

Can Poetry Matter? Essays on Poetry and American Culture

By Dana Gioia

The Gods of Winter

By Dana Gioia

Daily Horoscope

By Dana Gioia

Acquainted With the Night: Insomnia Poems

By Lisa Russ Spaar, ed.

Videos

Recordings

Becoming a Redwood

(Lori Laitman)

2006

Songs

A Curse on Geographers

Stefania de Kenessey

Dana Gioia

Song Collection: Autumn Elegy

Accomplice

Stefania de Kenessey

Dana Gioia

Alley Cat Love Song

Alva Henderson

Dana Gioia

Alley Cat Love Song

Beth Anderson

Dana Gioia

Song Collection: Dark Songs

Alley Cat Love Song

Paul Salerni

Dana Gioia

Song Collection: Bad Pets

Autumn Elegy

Song Collection

Stefania de Kenessey

Dana Gioia

Bad Pets

Song Collection

Paul Salerni

Mark Doty

Robert Frost

Dana Gioia

Becoming a Redwood

Lori Laitman

Dana Gioia

Song Collection: Becoming a Redwood

Being Happy

Lori Laitman

Dana Gioia

Curriculum Vitae

Lori Laitman

Dana Gioia

Song Collection: Becoming a Redwood

Dark Songs

Song Collection

Beth Anderson

Dana Gioia

David Mason

Departures

Stefania de Kenessey

Dana Gioia

Song Collection: Entrances and Departures

Entrance

David Conte

Dana Gioia

Song Collection: Everyone Sang

Entrance

Stefania de Kenessey

Dana Gioia

Song Collection: Entrances and Departures

Everyone Sang

Song Collection

David Conte

A. E. Stallings

Dana Gioia

Diane Thiel

Siegfried Sassoon

Garden on the Campagna

Paul Salerni

Dana Gioia

Song Collection: Sad Stories

God Only Knows

John Harbison

Dana Gioia

Insomnia

Song Collection

Tom Cipullo

Dana Gioia

Howard Moss

Walt Whitman

Insomnia

Tom Cipullo

Dana Gioia

Song Collection: Insomnia

Insomnia

David Felder

Dana Gioia

Money

Paul Salerni

Dana Gioia

Orchestra

Dave Brubeck

Dana Gioia

Orchestra (after Nina Cassian)

Paul Salerni

Dana Gioia

Song Collection: Speaking of Love

Parts of Summer Weather

Stefania de Kenessey

Dana Gioia

Song Collection: Entrances and Departures

Pentecost

Lori Laitman

Dana Gioia

Song Collection: Becoming a Redwood

Planting a Sequoia

Alva Henderson

Dana Gioia

Summer Storm

Stefania de Kenessey

Dana Gioia

Song Collection: Entrances and Departures

Sunday Night in Santa Rosa

Beth Anderson

Dana Gioia

Song Collection: Dark Songs

The Apple Orchard

Lori Laitman

Dana Gioia

The Country Wife

Alva Henderson

Dana Gioia

The End

Ned Rorem

Dana Gioia

The End of a Season

Michael Rickelton

Dana Gioia

The End of the World

Stefania de Kenessey

Dana Gioia

Song Collection: Autumn Elegy

The Song

Alva Henderson

Dana Gioia

The Song

Lori Laitman

Dana Gioia

Song Collection: Becoming a Redwood

The Song (after Rilke)

Paul Salerni

Dana Gioia

Song Collection: Speaking of Love

Speaking of Love

Paul Salerni

Dana Gioia

Song Collection: Speaking of Love

Speaking of Love

Song Collection

Paul Salerni

Dana Gioia

Touch

Alva Henderson

Dana Gioia

Veterans' Cemetery

Stefania de Kenessey

Dana Gioia

Song Collection: Autumn Elegy

Veterans' Cemetery

Stephen Flaherty

Dana Gioia

Audio

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    Becoming a Redwood (High voice)

    Composer(s): Lori Laitman

    Song(s): 1. The Song
    2. Pentecost
    3. Curriculum Vitae
    4. Becoming a Redwood

    Voice Type: High

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    Becoming a Redwood (Medium Voice)

    Composer(s): Lori Laitman

    Song(s): 1. The Song
    2. Pentecost
    3. Curriculum Vitae
    4. Becoming a Redwood

    Voice Type: Medium

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    Being Happy

    Composer(s): Lori Laitman

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    Everyone Sang

    Composer(s): David Conte

    Song(s): 1. Homecoming
    2. Entrance
    Quilt
    4. Everyone Sang

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    The Apple Orchard

    Composer(s): Lori Laitman

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