Acclaimed poet Dana Gioia is the keynote speaker for this year’s Mission Day: Tuesday, January 28.
His keynote talk, “Why Beauty Matters . . . And not Just in Art,” will take place in Sacred Heart Chapel at 12:15.
The poetry reading in the Von der Ahe Suite is the concluding event for Mission Day – beginning at 4:30 pm, with a reception to follow. Copies of Gioia’s books will be available for sale and signing.
Gioia’s most recent collection (2012) is Pity the Beautiful. His other poetry collections include Interrogations at Noon, which won the American Book Award. He is also the author of three books of critical essays, including Can Poetry Matter? Dana Gioia is currently the Judge Widney Professor of Poetry and Public Culture at USC. From 2003-09 he served as Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. He grew up nearby in Gardena, where he attended high school (participating on occasion in debate tournaments on the Loyola campus). His undergraduate studies were at Stanford and he has graduate degrees from both Stanford and Harvard.