Dana Gioia Honored as 2016 Champion of Literacy on April 30th

Poet, Writer, Advocate
Dana Gioia has enhanced the impact of literacy through his body of work comprised of five collections of poetry, eight poetry chapbooks, three opera libretti, and numerous translations in Latin, Italian, German and Romanian, essays, reviews and critical writings.
He has gone beyond his craft by attaining notable success in promoting and nurturing literacy. He served two terms as Chair of the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) wherein he initiated innovative programs such as Shakespeare in American Communities, Operation Homecoming, The Big Read and Poetry Out Loud, a nation-wide recitation competition which encourages high school students to learn about poetry through memorization.

The Champion That Keeps Championing
While Chair of the NEA from 2003-2009, he facilitated its recovery from big cuts made in the late 1990s. With the NEA under attack again, Gioia states that, “music, dance, theater, literature and visual arts would become less widely available, especially in schools, rural areas and poorer communities.” (LA Times)
Champion of Literacy Celebration
In 2005, Gioia founded Poetry Out Loud with fellow poet John Barr, former President of The Poetry Foundation.  Barr will introduce Gioia who will then offer an acceptance speech and read his own poetry. Poetry Out Loud is a nation-wide recitation competition, which encourages high school students to learn about poetry through memorization. Six Poetry Out Loud finalists will recite their winning poems.

Become An Advocate
Join us to celebrate award-winning poet, Dana Gioia, and advocate for the NEA.  Event held on Sunday, April 30, 2017, from 2-4 PM.  The program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

  • April 30, 2017
  • 2:00 pm
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