Dana Gioia

Dana Gioia

Poet and critic Dana Gioia is an internationally recognized man of letters. He recently published his fourth volume of poems, Pity the Beautiful.

He was recently selected for the prestigious Aiken Taylor Award. His previous book of poems, Interrogations at Noon, won the American Book Award. A former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, he is currently the Judge Widney Professor of Poetry and Public Culture at USC.

World Premiere of The Three Feathers, An opera by Lori Laitman and Dana Gioia

The Three Feathers

Lori Laitman and Dana Gioia Talk About Their New Opera, Opening This Week at Virginia Tech


Dana Gioia Selected for the Aiken Taylor award in modern poetry


"Why Literature Matters"

First published in the Boston Globe and recently cited as part of the SAT exam.


Dana Gioia's poem "Prayer" set to music by Morten Lauridsen, and performed by the Wartburg Choir.

Read Dana gioia's essay "The Catholic Writer Today," published in First Things.


PIty the Beautiful is the long-awaited fourth collection of poems by Dana Gioia. Read poems from the collection here.

Selected reviews of Pity The Beautiful:

Ann Applegarth, “A Poet Reflects on Our Times,” The Catholic World Report. [PDF]
Ned Balbo, “The Two Dana Gioias,” Italian Americana. [PDF]
Susan Balee, “Dana Gioia, An Acknowledged Legislator of the Word,” Wild River Review. [PDF]
Bruce Bawer, "The Flaneur, the Chemist, and the Chairman," The Hudson Review. [PDF]
David Bowles "TOP SHELF: Imperfection as our native speech," The Monitor.
Bruce Jacobs, “Pity the Beautiful,” Shelf Awareness. [PDF]
David Lehman, “The Businessman, the Statesman, and the Poet,” The Best American Poetry. [PDF]
Angela Alaimo O'Donnell, "Redemption Songs," America. [PDF]
Ray Olson, “Pity the Beautiful,” Booklist. [PDF]
David J. Rothman, "Pity the Beautiful: Dana Gioia's well-crafted poems of the passionate inner life." Philadelphia Inquirer.
Tamsin Smith, “Hot Ice and Wondrous Strange Snow,” Huffington Post. [PDF]


Tony Caruso's Final Broadcast

Tony Caruso's Final Broadcast: Opera in ten short scenes on a libretto by Dana Gioia, released by Naxos. "Best New One Act Opera" (Winner of the National Opera Association's Competition). Now available on Amazon.

Poetry Daily Interview with Dana Gioia

On the creation of Poetry Out Loud."Do I remember particular performances? Absolutely!"

Video Editorial

"Reading and Civic Engagement"
Dana Gioia discusses the results of the NEA's research on reading. Produced as part of the Song of a Citizen video op-ed series.

Stanford University Commencement Speech

On June 17, 2007, Dana Gioia delivered the Commencement speech at Stanford University.
The full text of his speech is available here.
An excerpt appears in the Wall Street Journal.