Dana Gioia, current State Poet Laureate of California, is one of America's most celebrated poets. A native Californian, he has published three collections of poetry, as well as numerous chapbooks, anthologies, commentaries, and two opera libretti. Gioia's book of poems, Interrogations at Noon, won the American Book Award in 2002. His noted 1991 book of essays, Can Poetry Matter?, advocated for the revitalization of poetry in contemporary culture. From 2003 to 2009, Gioia served as Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts.