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Dana Gioia Spoke at CUA on Being a Catholic Writer

Dana GioiaDana Gioia, an award-winning poet and man of letters, was the chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts from 2003 to 2009. He delivered a lecture at The Catholic University of America on Feb. 28, 2011, on the topic of the Catholic writer. He has published three collections of his own poetry and has edited several literary anthologies. His poetry collection, "Interrogations at Noon," won the 2002 American Book Award. Gioia also is an influential literary critic. His 1991 volume "Can Poetry Matter?" was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle award.

Gioia's literary anthologies include "Twentieth-Century American Poetry," "100 Great Poets of the English Language," "The Longman Anthology of Short Fiction," and "Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and Writing." 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.

When he received the University of Notre Dame’s 2010 Laetare Medal in May, Notre Dame’s president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., said, “In his vocation as poet and avocation as arts administrator, Dana Gioia has given vivid witness to the mutual flourishing of faith and culture.”

Gioia received a B.A. and M.B.A. from Stanford University and an M.A. in Comparative Literature from Harvard University.

Related Links

 > New York Times topic page on Dana Gioia

> A Gioia To Behold – William Safire's column on Gioia's impact at the NEA

> A Public Catholic – Commonweal's 2010 interview with Gioia

> Gioia awarded Notre Dame's 2010 Laetare Medal

> University Libraries research guide to resources related to inaugural year programs and speakers