Former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, Dana Gioia is Director of the Harman-Eisner Program in the Arts and is an internationally acclaimed, award-winning poet. He has published three full-length collections of poetry, as well as eight books. His poetry collection, Interrogations at Noon, won the 2002 American Book Award. In 2005, Dana began what he called the “Big Read” program, seeking to advocate Americans to read serious literature. His poems, translations, essays, and reviews have appeared in many magazines including The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Washington Post Book World, and The New York Times Book Review.