Ina Coolbrith Landmarks


Ina’s Ever Widening Circle...

 Normally meets monthly on Saturdays, September through May.

See "Meetings" for the 96th Annual Poets' Dinner Contest and information on our upcoming
"virtual" meetings held via Zoom


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

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.