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Poets out Loud & Poet Laureates’ Poetry Reading

Poets out Loud & Poet Laureates’ Poetry Reading

Join us for a poetry reading featuring Dana Gioia, California’s Poet Laureate Emeritus, Iris Jamahl Dunkle, and Terry Ehret (Sonoma Poets Laureate Emerita). Zoya Ahmed and Hannah Minton, two student winners of the previous Poets Out Loud (POL) competitions, will recite poems. POL was launched by Dana Gioia.


We will also take a few moments to honor the work of Sonoma Poet Laureate Emerita Geri Digiorno, founder of the Petaluma Poetry Walk, who passed away in December 2019.


Refreshments will be served. Author books will be available for sale.



The author of five books of poetry and four books of essays, California Poet Laureate Emeritus Dana Gioia is the former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. Winner of the 2018 Poets’ Prize for 99 Poems: New & Selected (Graywolf Press), Gioia is an internationally acclaimed poet and writer. His collection of essays Can Poetry Matter? was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle award. The first person in his family to attend college, he received a B.A. and M.B.A. from Stanford and an M.A. from Harvard in Comparative Literature. He has launched programs including Poetry Out Loud, The Big Read, and Shakespeare in American Communities.



Sonoma Poet Laureate Emerita Iris Jamahl Dunkle is the author of three poetry collections. Her works have been published in Tin House, San Francisco Examiner, Fence, Los Angeles Review of Books, Split Rock Review, Taos Poetry Journal, Pleiades, Calyx, Catamaran, Poet's Market, Women's Studies and Chicago Quarterly Review. Her biography on Charmian London, Jack London's wife, is forthcoming from University of Oklahoma Press in 2020. Dunkle teaches at Napa Valley College and is Poetry Director at Napa Valley Writers' Conference.



The author of three poetry collections, Terry Ehret’s poetry, essays, stories and reviews have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, and her poems have won literary awards including the National Poetry Series, California Commonwealth Club Book Award, Nimrod/Hardman Pablo Neruda Poetry Prize, four Pushcart Prize nominations and nominations for the Northern California Book Reviewers and the Northern California Independent Book Sellers Associations. Ehret is the co-founder of Sixteen Rivers Press, a publishing collective for Northern California poets. She has served as Poet Laureate of Sonoma County

Saturday, January 11, 2020
3:00pm - 5:00pm
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Pacific Time - US & Canada (change)
Sonoma Valley Regional Library
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