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.


The results of the 94th Annual Poets Dinner Contest are posted in the file below.

The awards for winning poems are yet to be distributed.

again due to the pandemic, the annual
Ina Coolbrith Contest normally held in the Fall
has been deferred until next year.

2020 Poets Dinner Results
 Normally meets monthly on Saturdays, September through May.

Due to the pandemic
our meetings have been cancelled
for the forseeable future.


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.