Dana Gioia

is the director of the Harman-Eisner Program in the Arts at the Aspen Institute. From 2003 to 2009, Gioia was the ninth chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, where he helped to create the largest programs in the agency’s history, including the Big Read, Shakespeare in American Communities, and Poetry Out Loud. He also led the US cultural delegation to UNESCO. Gioia has written and contributed to many books, including Interrogations at Noon (Graywolf Press, 2001), which won the American Book Award in poetry. A translator and opera librettist, Gioia has also edited over two-dozen literary anthologies and has ten honorary doctorates. Gioia is a poet, critic, educator, and former business executive, including a position as vice president of marketing for Kraft-General Foods.

Videos/Audio of Dana Gioia

Sculptor Guy Dill, a Harman-Eisner artist-in-residence, discusses the creative process of sculpture and present an... See more
What effect is the Internet having on authors? The changing role of the writer in 21st-century America. This discussion... See more
A leading American playwright, actor, and producer, John Guare, discusses the future of live theater (culturally,... See more
What is the future of live theater in the United States? Three major figures in American drama and entertainment offer... See more
Why the arts are a crucial and underutilized tool in promoting peace, civic involvement, and cross-cultural... See more
Why read? National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Dana Gioia explores the enormous social, political, and economic... See more

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