DANA GIOIA (b 1950 )
Dana Gioia is a noted poet and critic. His collection of poems, Interrogations at Noon, won the 2001 American Book Award. His influential critical study, Can Poetry Matter?, was a finalist for the National Book Critics’ Award. From 2003–2009, he served as the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. Gioia’s poetry and prose have been widely translated, and his poetry has been set to music by over twenty composers. He has written the libretto for two operas. Gioia currently divides his time between California and Washington, D.C.