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SPARC | Coffee Table Books Live featuring Dana Gioia and RON KOERTGE

November 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm PST

“Coffee Table Books Live,” the meet-the-author and book-signing series hosted by the South Pasadena Arts Council (SPARC), features Dana Gioia and Ron Koertge—two poets who are as entertaining as they are thought-provoking—on Sunday, November 19, 2023, 7 p.m., at the Fremont Centre Theatre in South Pasadena. Admission is free.

Poet and literary critic Dana Gioia, who served as California State Poet Laureate from 2015 to 2019, will present excerpts from his newest poetry collection, Meet Me at the Light House (Greywolf Press, 2023). The former Chair of the National Endowment for the Arts, Gioia’s numerous accolades include the American Book Award and Poets Prize.

Joining Gioia will be Pushcart Prize-winning poet Ron Koertge, reading from his most recent book of poetry, I Dreamed I Was Emily Dickinson’s Boyfriend (Red Hen Press, 2022). Koertge, South Pasadena Poet Laureate, is a two-time winner of the PEN Literary Award for Children’s Literature. A screen adaptation of his poem, “Negative Space,” was an Academy Award nominee for Best Short Animated Film.


November 19
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm PST