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Visiting writer now chair of the National Endowment for the Arts

February 11, 2003

Dana Gioia, a poet and essayist who spent time at Austin Peay as a visiting writer, is the new chair of the National Endowment for the Arts.
Gioia was nominated by President George W. Bush and the former chair of the NEA and unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate on Jan. 29. Upon his confirmation, Gioia said: "Leading the National Endowment for the Arts is a great privilege and an enormous responsibility. Both the arts and arts education face many challenges at present, and the Endowment has much to do."
February 11, 2003

Dana Gioia, a poet and essayist who spent time at Austin Peay as a visiting writer, is the new chair of the National Endowment for the Arts.
Gioia was nominated by President George W. Bush and the former chair of the NEA and unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate on Jan. 29. Upon his confirmation, Gioia said: "Leading the National Endowment for the Arts is a great privilege and an enormous responsibility. Both the arts and arts education face many challenges at present, and the Endowment has much to do."

Gioia assumed office in early February. He lives in California, where he's completing a book of literary essays and an opera libretto.

A biography of Dana Gioia can be found at www.arts.gov/endownews/news02/Gioia-bio.html. For more information about the NEA, go to www.arts.gov.