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.


Dear Circle Members,

Please come to our 100th annual

Ina Coolbrith Banquet,

where the winning poems from our annual contest

will be announced, and the winning poets presented with their awards.

Our Speaker will be Aleta George, award-winning biographer of Ina Coolbrith.

She will speak on the “Perils and pleasures of a poetic pilgrimage,”

discuss the places she visited related to Ina, plus the importance of ICC’s legacy.

Important: our annual Coolbrith Banquet luncheon, on Sat., Nov. 2, Noon to 4pm,

will be presented at a wonderful restaurant, Zio Fraedo’s,

611 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill. Cost is $32 per ticket.

To reserve tickets, please notify our ICC Treasurer: Gayle Eleanor, 1245 Pine Creek Way,

#J, Concord, CA 94520 ( or call Gayle at 925-689-0260).

Be sure to include your email address, or phone number, with your reservation, so that

Gayle can notify you that you have paid, and that you can check in with her at the door for

the Banquet. Payment for reservations may be made at the door on the day of the Banquet,

but please reserve your seat in advance.

Yours in Poetry ,

Richard Angilly,

President, The Ina Coolbrith Circle

Meets monthly on Saturdays, September through May

Next Meeting 

November 23, 2019
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.