Ina Coolbrith Landmarks


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.


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.


94th Annual Poets' Dinner Contest
April 4th, 2020

Contest Rules:

 94th ANNUAL POETSDINNER/CONTEST Awards at Zio Fraedos Restaurant 

No Entry Fee     Open to All Ages     Presence Required to Claim Awards 

Lunch: Sat., April 4, 2020 (11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.) 


(   Guest Speaker: Devorah Major 

CONTEST DEADLINE: Fri., Jan. 31, 2020  (Postmarked before midnight)  NO CERTIFIED OR REGISTERED MAIL. 

CATEGORIES (8 topics): 


Poems must be original, unpublished in any juriedway, in English, not previous cash prizewinners (Honorable Mentions OK). 

(Grand Prize & other winning poems may be included in a future anthology. Others will be destroyed after 4/4/20.) 

42-line maximum, any form, any style. NUMBER OF ENTRIES: Up to four (4) per person; one (1) per category 

1. Type entry on ONE side only of 8½ x 11 white paper. 

2. Type category topic in upper right-hand corner of each page. 

3. DO NOT put your name, etc., ANYWHERE on any entered poem. 

4. Send three (3) clear copies of EACH entry (with no illustrations). 


MAIL ENTRIES TO OUR CONTEST CHAIR: Louise Moises, 1315 Santa Clara St., Richmond, CA 94804 

PRIZES: One Ina Coolbrith Circle GRAND PRIZE: $100 -- To be chosen from among the first three prize winners in each category.    For each CATEGORY:   Three --- $50, $25, $15, plus three Honorable Mentions. 

The Ina Coolbrith Circle Annual Citation for last year's Grand Prize Winner will also be presented and read. 

AWARD PROCEDURE: Winning entries will be read and awards presented ONLY at this 4/4/20 lunch. On slips provided at the lunch, write your name, the title and first line of each poem submitted. Use the slip to claim a winning poem after it is read immediately. If there is NO CLAIM, the prize will go to the next ranked submission. 

Judgesdecisions are final. 

NOTE: The Ina Coolbrith Circle invites all those interested in poetry to its April meeting (4/25/20, 2 p.m.) 

at the Lafayette-Orinda Community Church, 49 Knox Dr., Lafayette (upstairs Room 201) 

where all winners are invited to read their winning poems. 

DONATIONS: Books and monetary contributions to sustain awards may be sent to AWARDS CHAIR, Natica Angilly - 

1515 Poplar Ave., Richmond, CA 94805-1662. (Donor calls only, please): (510) 235-0361. 

POETRY BOOK TABLE: Please pre-arrange sale space for your books by contacting BOOK TABLE CHAIR, 

John Rowe, before March 28, 2020, at (510) 527-9905 or SPACE LIMITED. 

Our 75th Anthology, Remembering, is available. 

DATE, TIME, LOCATION: Saturday, April 4, 2020. 11:30 a.m. for NO-HOST cocktails -- 

** ZIO FRAEDOs, 611 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill ** FREE PARKING 

(Access from Hwy 4, or Hwy 24, or Hwy 680: near Pleasant Hill Road/Taylor Blvd) 

Seating will be general. FIRST COME, FIRST SEATED. 


PoetsDinner Buffet LUNCH ORDER -- $34 


Email: ____________________________ 

ADDRESS __________________________________________________

PHONE ( ) _________________ 

Make checks out to POETSDINNER and mail with SASE and this form to: 

RICHARD ANGILLY, 1515 Poplar Ave., Richmond, CA 94805-1662 (

Meets monthly on Saturdays, September through May

Next Meeting 

March 28, 2020
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.