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California Poet Laureate on the Road: Project Primavera

As part of our Searching for Democracy initiative, California Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera blogs for us on what gives him hope for primavera in our democracy. This miracle of poets in the making… 11 am. En route to Sacramento to judge the California Out Loud poetry recitation championships. 33 …

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California Reads The Grapes of Wrath (2002)

“This is the beginning—from ‘I’ to ‘we’” is how Steinbeck describes the Joad’s family journey along route 66 to California, that “western land nervous under the beginning change,” in The Grapes of Wrath. In a similar shift from the individual to the collective, California Humanities presented California Reads The Grapes …

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Highway 99: A Literary Journey

Highway 99: A Literary Journey wrote the Central Valley back into the story of California, often defined by North and South. It also spoke to questions of diversity that persist in the current dialogue around U.S. identity today. Stan Yogi, editor of the literary anthology, explains: “We in California encountered …

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