The Amazing Life of Feisty Ina Coolbrith, America’s First Poet Laurate – October 18th

Lessons from Literary Trailblazer Ina Coolbrith, Librarian and America’s First Poet Laureate

Put Your Writing in Context in this Fascinating History in this Fascinating Story Share from Historian and Author Aleta George

1 p.m. October 18th
via Zoom
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Writers often need courage, whether it is to meet a national event, a personal challenge, or just to face a blank page. In these instances we can look to our own history to find the inner strength to face our most profound challenges. At the culmination of California Writer’s Week, historical author Aleta George will give us the details on the fierce and iconic Ina Coolbrith. Ina Coolbrith was not only California’s first poet laurate and Oakland’s first public librarian, she was also one of the founders of the California Writers Club. But these factoids merely scratch the surface of this ground-breaking rebel. Author and journalist Aleta George will share the moments in Ina Coolbrith’s life when she was called upon to respond with courage and other fascinating stories of Coolbrith in the East Bay.

About Keynote Speaker Aleta George

Aleta George writes about the nature, culture, and history of California. She is the award-winning author of Ina Coolbrith: The Bittersweet Song of California’s First Poet Laureate and has contributed to national and regional publications such as Smithsonian Magazine and the San Francisco Chronicle. Aleta is the open space reporter for the Bay Area Monitor and a frequent contributor to Estuary News.  Learn more at or follow her on Facebook.

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Admission is $5 for members, $10 for non-members. Hardship pricing is available.

12:00 Club leaders check-in
12:30 Networking in breakout rooms with members & guests

Featured Speakers

1:00 Announcements
1:30 Featured Member Jane Glendinning
1:45 Keynote Speaker Emily Cotler
2:30 Book Sales & Networking

Support Groups

3:00 – 4:00 Marketing Success Group*
4:00 – 5:00 Craft Group
*members only; guests may sit in

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