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Ina’s Ever Widening Circle...


In 1919, poet/librarian/teacher Ina Coolbrith began meeting with kindred literary spirits at her home in San Francisco. "I want," she said, "the Circle to live and be ever widening... to perpetually keep the history and literature…of California alive...."

Today, about 200 members of the Ina Coolbrith Circle continue to pursue her mission to nurture the poetry and history, past and present, of the Golden State. Our members include poets, writers, historians, artists and readers with a particular interest in books by and about Californians.

IN THE NEWS!

The Arts and Culture Commission of Contra Costa County recognized Richard and Natica Angilly "for contribution to the arts and culture of Contra Costa County." They honored Richard and Natica with one of the 2017 Arts Recognition Awards given each year by the Commission. The awards were created to honor individuals or organizations that have made a significant contribution to enhance Contra Costa County's arts and culture.



THE INA COOLBRITH CIRCLE
Meets monthly on Saturdays, September through May

Next Meeting 

September 22nd, 2018
2PM
Lafayette / Orinda Presbyterian Church


 

Step into the Circle!

for member benefits and membership form

go to our "Join the Circle" page


About Ina Coolbrith

Born in Nauvoo, Illinois, Ina Coolbrith was the first white child to enter California, making the journey with noted scout Jim Beckwourth in 1851. Poet, teacher, librarian, her "circle" of poet/writer friends included Joaquin Miller, Bret Harte, Ambrose Bierce, Jack London, George Sterling and Gertrude Atherton.

In 1915, by a resolution of the State Legislature she was crowned the first Poet Laureate of California by Edwin Markham at the Panama Pacific International Exposition. A biography and selection of Ina Coolbrith's poetry is available in our publication "At The Heart of the Circle" (2002). Please see the Publications page for more information.