Our Ninth Zoom Meeting of the 2023-24 Program Year 

Is May 18, 2024, at 2pm

Hosted By Deborah Schmidt

Featured Reader: Johanna Ely

Reading from "Postcards from a Dream", "What Still Matters",and "Love's Meditation"

Johanna Ely is the author of four poetry books, Transformation, Tides of the Heart–Poems for Benicia, Postcards from a Dream (Blue Light Press 2020), and What Still Matters (Last Laugh Productions 2023). She has also co-authored a book with three women poets titled, Love’s Meditation (Random Lane Press 2023).  Johanna is an award-winning poet who has been published in literary journals and anthologies, including California Quarterly and The Poeming Pigeon. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and was the 2022 winner of the Benicia Love Poetry Contest. Johanna served as the sixth poet laureate of Benicia, California, and is a board member of the Ina Coolbrith Circle of Poets.


Johanna's presentation will be followed by an open mic.

More details will be provided as we near the May 18th date.


Following are screen shots from a typical zoom meeting. Though the faces are frozen and silent in the photos, imagine voices in recitation, and the appreciative, attentive listening. ____________________________________

Ina Coolbrith Circle Programs 2023-2024

9/23/23     Program Chair: Gayle Eleanor; Program Topic: Featured Poet Amy Miller;
                 Poets' Dinner Winners

10/28/23   Program Chair: Evie Groch; Program Topic: Featured Poet Valerie Sopher;
                 Reading From Her Chapbook Day for Night

11/18/23  Program Chair: TBD; Program Topic: Dan Williams, Or Memorial for Will

12/2/23    Program Chair: Johanna Ely; Program Topic: ICC Contest Results; 
                Featured Reader Poet Kathleen McClung

1/27/24    Program Chair: Johanna Ely; Program Topic: Featured David Alpaugh;
                ICC Contest Winners Reading

2/24/24    Program Chair: Natica Angilly; Program Topic: Featured Poet Allegra 

3/23/24    Program Chair: Robert Eastwood; Program Topic: Amy Clampitt and

4/27/24    Program Chair: Gayle Eleanor; Program Topic: Robert McNally Reading
                Cast Out of Eden

5/18/24     Program Chair: Deborah Schmidt; Program Topic: Poet Johanna Ely
                 Reading From What Still Matters