Dana Gioia Capsule Biography By Ryan Blocker Dana Gioia was born in Hawthorne, California on December 24, 1950. Gioia’s schooling was Catholic and a prominent school he attended was Junipero Serra High School. Later, Gioia had attended and graduated Standford Business School, but later went on to become a poet. Gioia himself remarked that he was, “the only person, in history, who went to business school to be a poet.” (Dana Gioia, Poetry Foundation). Gioia had begun dedicating his time to writing full time in 1992.
However despite his clear skill in writing, his mother insisted he become a doctor, so he went to the University of Edinburgh’s medical school once he graduated Stonyhurst. However, this experience only inspired more of his work, as according to Smith’s article, “ he had few patients, so he spent much of his time writing”(2015). It was during this time that he wrote his first Sherlock Holmes book. In his life, Arthur Conan Doyle wrote 56 short stories and 4 novels starring his famous detective character, Sherlock Holmes. What made the series stand out was not necessarily the characters or the stories, but the way Conan wrote his stories, and the methods of deducting his characters would use.
Did you know only about a dozen out of over a thousand of Emily’s poems were published during her lifetime? Emily Dickinson also spent most of her adult life in her father’s house in her room upstairs writing poetry. One of Emily Dickinson’s many influences is that her window had a perfect view of the cemetery, and that could have influenced how she wrote her poems. In 7 years Emily created eight hundred self-written poems. Emily Dickinson deserves to be called a great (American) Poet because the amount of poems she wrote and how she challenged the existing definitions of poetry.
Bruce Dawe was one of Australia’s most influential poet. He was born on 28th February 1930 to a family with agricultural background of Scottish and English descent. Bruce Dawe was the only one in his family to have gone to secondary school, however he stopped attending school when he was 16 years old. He obtained many odd jobs that ordinary Australians would have had before going to university. After less than a year he also stopped attending university.
She began writing and publishing as a teenager eventually achieving national fame for her 1945 collection “A Street In Bronzeville”, she was a postwar poet. She wrote during the Civil Rights activism period. Gwendolyn Brooks wrote thirty-nine poems and they were mostly about Racism, Feminism, and the struggles and celebrations of ordinary people from her own community. She responded to major events during her lifetime including the World War II struggle for civil rights, and race riots. Gwendolyn was born June 7th 1917 in Topeka, Kansas , she had multiple abortions in her poem “ The Mother” she tells her unborn children that she loved them.
Though did not graduate from college, he dropped out during his senior year to become and author. Out of his many books he has written, Thirteen Reasons Why was his most famous book. He became a New York Times Best-Selling Author because of that
Stephen Crane was born November 1, 1871, and died at only 29, on June 5, 1900. Crane was born into a relatively poor family, being the youngest of fourteen siblings. He spent the early part of his life in Syracuse, New York, but later moved to New York City to start his career as a journalist. Nina Baym, an american literature scholar, states that “Crane... clearly demonstrated his religious, social, and literary rebeliousness [through his writing].“ Crane's father was a minister; however, he himself was not a believer. He rebelled socially and literarily be writing about realistic aspects of life.
The author of Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison, was born in 1914 on March 1, in Oklahoma City. Invisible Man was published in 1952 by Random House. Segregation was in full-swing and the country was divided. It was the only novel published during his lifetime but he also published some of his own poetry. Ellison used his personal experiences, the period’s high tension and the influence of other powerful writers to produce a brilliant social commentary about overcoming racism and empowering oneself despite racial differences.
Martin Luther King Jr. inexplicably opened the eyes of Americans across the nation with his role in the movement and his use of resonating imagery, excellent emotional appeal, powerful voice, and evocation of logic in his “I Have a Dream” speech. With such an enthralling rhetoric he gained a vast amount of support and exponentially increased the pride in standing up for what’s righteous and just. Exemplifying the throes of being a colored person, King evoked sympathy whilst simultaneously applying the valid logic that no human should be subjected to lesser standards. His rhetoric wholly changed American history that day and thus conveyed his ability to maintain equanimity throughout all of the
Her body of work contains a number of novels, poetry collections, and short stories that have won numerous awards. In 1986, she received the American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation for her poetry collection Seeing Through the Sun. In 1989, her short story “Aunt Moon’s Young Man” was featured in Best American Short Stories, and a year later her novel Mean Spirit was one of three finalists for the Pulitzer Prize. Since then she has been a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for another poetry collection, The Book of Medicines, and in 1998 she received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers Circle of the Americas. She has also been the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction, a Guggenheim Grant in Fiction, and the Lannan Award for Outstanding Achievement in