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Guide to the Dana Gioia Ephemera, 1984-1994
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Dana Gioia ephemera,
    Date (inclusive): 1984-1994
    Collection number: M0699
    Creator: Gioia, Dana,
    Extent: 1.5 linear ft.
    Repository: Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
    Abstract: American poet, literary critic, and translator.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

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    Publication Rights

    Property rights reside with the repository. Literary rights reside with the creators of the documents or their heirs. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Public Services Librarian of the Dept. of Special Collections.


    Gift of Dana Gioia, 1994.

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    Dana Gioia Ephemera. M0699. Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.


    Dana Gioia (b. December 24, 1950) is a poet, literary critic, and translator. He was born in Hawthorne, California, the first of his parents' (Michael Gioia and Dorothy Ortiz Gioia) four children. He received his bachelor's degree in English in 1973 from Stanford University. During his undergraduate years, he wrote for and eventually edited Sequoia, the campus literary magazine. After Stanford he earned his masters' degree in English from Harvard University. There, Robert Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Bishop were among his professors. Dissatisfied by the prospect of a career in academia, Gioia left Harvard for Stanford's Business School before he finished his Ph.D. Gioia, then, worked for General Foods from 1977 until 1992 rising to Vice President, all the while continuing to write. Since 1992, he has devoted full time to his literary career. Sometimes referred to as a "New Formalist," Gioia searches in his writing for his own form, assimilating both traditional and free verse forms. Among his collections of poetry are Daily Horoscope (1986), The Gods of Winter (1991), and Planting a Sequoia (1991). He has also published many reviews, essays, and a collection of translations of Eugenia Montale's Italian poems. Gioia's support of and interest in small presses add to his literary reputation and to his visibility as a young poet. He writes frequently for The Hudson Review. He is the President of the Board of Directors of the Story Line Press (successor of The Reaper, Inc. which published the poetry magazine, The Reaper). Gioia also joined the Board of Directors of the Wesleyan University Writers Conference in 1985.
    This biography compiled with reference to the Dictionary of Literary Biography. Volume 120. Edited by R. S. Gwynn. 84-90.

    Scope and Content

    The material in this collection has been sent to William G. McPheron, the Stanford University Libraries' Curator of British and American Literature, by Dana Gioia as a sampling of his published and printed works, beginning in 1986 and continuing through the present.
    Gioia's and McPheron's correspondence with the materials Gioia sends mark the increasing visibility and influence of Gioia's literary voice.

    Access Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Carlson, Bernice Wells.
    Helm, Robert.
    Irwin, Virginia.
    McPheron, William G.
    Aralia Press.
    Elizabeth Press.
    Greywolf Press.
    Story Line Press.
    Wesleyan Writers Conference.