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

The County Board of Supervisors and The Arts and Culture Commission are presenting the awards in a ceremony on Tuesday, November 14. 2017 at 9:00 a.m. in the Board of Supervisors Chambers at the County Administration Building at 651 Pine Street, Martinez, CA.  As one of the seven honorees, Richard and Natica will receive a Board Resolution from the Board of Supervisors.

Guests are invited to attend the ceremony. A reception is being planned for January, 2018. Details will follow at a later date. CONGRATULATIONS, RICHARD AND NATICA!

Meets monthly on Saturdays, September through May

Next Meeting 

February 24, 2018
Lafayette / Orinda Presbyterian Church


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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.