Mr. Dana Gioia

Dana Gioia is an internationally acclaimed poet and former National Endowment for the Arts Chairman. His poetry volumes include Gods of Winter, Daily Horoscope, and Interrogations at Noon, which won the 2002 American Book Award. He is also a critic, and his work Can Poetry Matter? was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and is credited in helping revive the role of poetry in American culture. 

Gioia's many literary anthologies include Twentieth-Century American Poetry, 100 Great Poets of the English Language, The Longman Anthology of Short Fiction, Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, Drama and Writing, and Literature for Life. His poems, translations, essays, and reviews have appeared in many magazines including The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Washington Post Book Worlds, The New York Times Book Review, Slate, and The Hudson Review. 

Currently, Gioia is the Judge Widney Professor of Poetry and Public Culture at the University of Southern California. His latest poetry collection is called Pity the Beautiful. Gioia won the Laetare Medal from Notre Dame in 2010 and the Aiken-Taylor Award in Modern American Poetry in 2014. His most recent book is The Catholic Writer Today (2014).