Tracy K. Smith, the current Poet Laureate of the United States, spoke at Cemex Auditorium on Monday as part of the Lane Lecture Series.
As the first Chicano poet laureate of the United States. Juan Felipe Herrera M.A. ’80 says his art informs his activism.
Poet Dana Gioia ’73 MBA ’77, was appointed Poet Laureate of California by Governor Jerry Brown on Dec. 5. During his two-year term, Gioia will serve as an advocate for the education and practice of poetry by giving public readings, educating civic and state leaders and bringing poetry to students less acquainted with the arts through a cultural project.
Before becoming the 16th United States Poet Laureate in 2008, Kay Ryan had never even taken a creative writing class. But this winter, she was teaching one at Stanford.