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

Is there an arts crisis in America today? A panel of leading arts advocates and decision makers examine questions... See more
National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Dana Gioia and Washington, DC's Shakespeare Theatre Director Michael Kahn... See more
PRI's Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen recorded show features Rosanne Cash and her husband, guitarist John Leventhal. They... See more
American Idol may rule the small screen, but high culture in the US is far from extinct. Symphony halls are full,... See more
America is reputed to be the largest funder of artistic endeavor in the World, thanks to the combined resources of... See more
A look at the correlation between cultural involvement — especially literary reading — and a strong democracy.... See more

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