Ina’s Ever Widening Circle...
THE INA COOLBRITH CIRCLE
Normally meets monthly on Saturdays, September through May.
See "Meetings" for information on our upcoming
"virtual" meeting, which is held via Zoom,
and the Poets' Dinner Contest, to be
held June 4th in the open air!
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:
1245 Pine Creek Way, #J,
Concord, CA 94520.
Please include your name and the address
where you would like your order shipped.
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.