Literature & Spirituality | Dana Gioia

Event time: 
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Woolsey Hall President's Room See map
500 College St.
New Haven, CT 06511
Open to: 
General Public
Event description: 

Poetry and Enchantment

a reading and conversation with Christian Wiman


Lectures and readings followed by a book-signing and reception. Presented in collaboration with Yale Divinity Student Book Supply.


The internationally acclaimed and award-winning poet Dana Gioia will read from his poetry and discuss the relationship between poetry, music, and religious ritual. He will engage Christian Wiman in a conversation about the possibilities for contemporary religious literature.

Former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, Gioia is a native Californian of Italian and Mexican descent. He received a B.A. and a M.B.A. from Stanford University and an M.A. in Comparative Literature from Harvard University.

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 World, The New York Times Book Review, Slate, and The Hudson Review. Gioia has written two opera libretti and is an active translator of poetry from Latin, Italian, and German.

Gioia has been the recipient of ten honorary degrees. He has won numerous awards, including the 2010 Laetare Medal from Notre Dame. He and his wife, Mary, have two sons. He divides his time between Los Angeles and Sonoma County, California.