University of Southern California

Festival of Books 2013

Poetry and Place in the 21st Century: About the Panelists

Andrew AllportAndrew Allport is the author of the body | of space | in the shape of the human, which won the 2011 New Issues Prize. He is also the author of a chapbook, The Ice Ship and Other Vessels, published by Proem Press. He teaches writing and literature at the University of Southern California.

Dana GioiaDana Gioia (Moderator) is an internationally acclaimed and award-winning poet and former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. Gioia has published four full-length collections of poetry, as well as eight chapbooks. His poetry collection, Interrogations at Noon, won the 2002 American Book Award. An influential critic as well, Gioia’s 1991 volume Can Poetry Matter?, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle award, is credited with helping to revive the role of poetry in American public culture. In 2011, Gioia became the Judge Widney Professor of Poetry and Public Culture at USC.

Dana GoodyearDana Goodyear has worked at The New Yorker since 1999. In addition to The New Yorker, her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Review of Books and many other magazines and periodicals. In 2010, she co-founded Figment, an online literary community for emerging writers. She teaches in the Master of Professional Writing program at USC, and is the author of two collections of poems, Honey and Junk and The Oracle of Hollywood Boulevard.

Mark Irwin is Associate Professor of Creative Writing at USC. His poetry and essays have appeared widely in many literary magazines including Antaeus, The American Poetry Review, The Atlantic, Georgia Review, The Kenyon Review, Paris Review, Poetry and The Nation. He is the author of seven collections of poetry, including Large White House Speaking (2013). Recognition for his work includes The Nation/Discovery Award, four Pushcart Prizes, National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships and Colorado Council for the Arts Fellowships.