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Dana Gioia
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    (December 24, 1950- )
    Born in Hawthorne, California
    Chairman of the National Endowment of the Arts (2003- )
    Executive at General Foods (1977-1992)
    Wrote poetry collections 'Daily Horoscope' (1986), 'The Gods of Winter' (1991) and 'Interrogations at Noon' (2001)
    Wrote critical work 'Can Poetry Matter?' (1992)
    Birth name is Michael Dana Gioia
    He helped create 'Jello Jigglers' during his time at General Foods.
    He encourages poets to use old-fashioned rhyme and meter.
    He's been accused of dumbing down the arts to reach a mass audience.
    He became chairman of the NEA only after George W. Bush’s first pick unexpectedly died.
    Under his chairmanship, the NEA ended grants to individual artists.
    Like Wallace Stevens, he was able to combine a business career with writing.
    He helped end the controversies that plagued the NEA throughout the 80s and 90s.
    He unapologetically uses his business skills to promote the arts.
    He set up writing workshops to help Iraqi war veterans overcome post traumatic stress disorder.
    He believes that art is for the public and not just academics.

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