California Poetry: From the Gold Rush to the Present (California Legacy)

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A comprehensive survey of California poetry over the past 150 years

California Poetry: From the Gold Rush to the Present is a groundbreaking new book presenting the work of 101 writers, the first historical anthology to provide a comprehensive survey of California poetry. An authoritative yet accessible collection, it brings together 150 years of the finest California poetry by authors of all schools and ideas. California Poetry also reveals the state's rich cultural and environmental legacy, from the early days of Spanish settlers to the more recent emergence of the Asian and Latino worlds: a reflection of lives closely tied to mountains, deserts, verdant valleys, and the vast shoreline of the Pacific Ocean.

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Dana Gioia (pronounced ''joy-a''), an acclaimed poet, critic, and literary anthologist, was chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. He is the author of Interrogations at Noon, The Gods of Winter, and other volumes of poetry, as well as the pivotal Can Poetry Matter?: Essays on Poetry and American Culture.

Chryss Yost is an award-winning poet and writer. Her most recent chapbook is La Jolla Boys. She is a co-editor of Poetry Daily: A Year of Poems and an editor of SOLO, a journal of poetry. She works at the Center for Black Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Jack Hicks, a co-editor of The Literature of California, Volumes I and II, teaches California literature and creative writing at the University of California, Davis. He is co-director of the Pacific Regional Humanities Center.

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''California Poetry, [is] an ambitious anthology that captures the experience of life in California as it has been perceived by 101 poets over the last century and a half....A rich sampler.''
--Los Angeles Times

''An instantly indispensable new anthology from the California Legacy catalog....They've gone from rediscovering the state's unsung literary history to rewriting it...built to last.'' --San Francisco Chronicle

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