Ina Coolbrith Landmarks


Ina’s Ever Widening Circle...


The Board of Directors has decided, in the interest of all, to forego the in-person meeting of the 101st ICC Contest/Banquet on November 6th. Instead, we will have a zoom meeting. This will include the guest speaker, the acknowledgement of winning poets, and reading of the winning poems. All that will be missing is the meal. Prize money will be mailed to winners. Those having already paid for the banquet will have their money refunded. PLEASE do not send for tickets. Notification will be sent to all members, as well as the submission statistics for the contest.

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 new Ina Coolbrith Anthology, Gathering 15, is here!

 These beautiful books will make treasured

additions to your bookshelf.


Price includes postage.

To order copies,

please send a check, made out to The Ina Coolbrith Circle,

to our treasurer:

Gayle Eleanor

1245 Pine Creek Way, #J, 

Concord, CA 94520.

Please include your name and the address

where you would like your order shipped.  

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

See "Meetings" for information on our upcoming
"virtual" meeting, which is held via Zoom.


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.