Poet Laureate 58-County Tour

The California Center for the Book is proud to work with the California Arts Council on an ambitious project by Dana Gioia, California’s ninth poet laureate, to visit all of California’s 58 counties during the course of his term. With our help, Gioia has spoken in public libraries throughout the state, in addition to readings and events at academic institutions, arts venues and book festivals.

100% of library directors reported that these events increased community connections among arts groups, writing groups, schools and the library. Participants at all six events reported increased awareness of community support and interest in writing activities.

By the end of summer 2017 Gioia will have visited over half of the counties in California. Follow his adventures at see event photos at CAPoetLaureate.Net.