Open House was a Hoot November 29!

A great book, can be purchased at Bookshop Benicia:

Great fun on Friday, August 12th!

Love Poetry Contest Photos!

October 9th,

we read the poems

of Joel Fallon!

Scholarship winners, Brian Chou with Poet Laureate Johanna Ely and Jessica Turner

Check this out AND this Sunday, July 23 get there, Ekphrastic Poetry, 4-6  pm!

Joel Fallon Celebration, Friday, Dec. 16th, 4-8 pm!

Poetry Happenings for

July and August 2017
Dear Poets and

Poetry Lovers,
Come join the fun, and celebrate summer by enjoying lots of art and poetry! I hope many of you will want to participate in these upcoming events! Mark your calendars NOW!
Best to all, Johanna

Johanna Ely,

Benicia Poet Laureate, 2016-2018


July 23rd, Sunday
The First Tuesday Poets read poetry

inspired by the art of Erika Hoffe.
Where: The Rellik Tavern  726 First Street Benicia
When: 4-6pm. Open Mic' follows reading. Please join us for a fun afternoon!

July 28th, Friday
Honor outgoing Vallejo Poet Laureate Genea Brice!
Welcome incoming Poet Laureate Diana Lang!

Where: JFK Public Library, Vallejo. Celebration is in the McCune Room.
When: 7pm.
August 1st
Benicia First Tuesday Poets are back! Poet Tom Stanton is the guest host!
Where: Benicia Public Library 150 East L St. Meeting is in the Dona Benicia Room.
When: 6:45-8:45pm. Mystery poet is followed by poetry read around. 
Bring poems to share, or just come and listen. Everyone is welcome!

August 6th, Sunday
First Sunday Poetry Series
Where: Rosanna’s European Delights  305 First St.
When: 2-3:30 pm.
Featured poet followed by open mic.
THIS IS IMPORTANT!! READ THESE NEXT TWO ANNOUNCEMENTS CAREFULLY!
August 6th
The First Tuesday Poets have been invited to read poetry inspired by the Boatyard Series.
Where: Benicia Plein Air Gallery  307 First St. 
When: The art reception is from 3-5pm. The poetry reading will start at 4pm.
IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, go to http://www.beniciapleinair.com/boatyard.html

and pick a painting you wish to write about. Three paintings have already been chosen. Send me the name of the artist you want to be paired with. Then, send me your poem. Paintings will be hung in the gallery on August 1st, but that will not leave you much time to write a poem. There will be 12 artists participating in this show, and we want every artist to be paired with a poet! I think 10 paintings are posted as of right now. All 12 should be posted soon. I hope you can participate!
August 13th
The First Tuesday Poets have been invited to read poetry inspired by the art of Kathy Oja.
Where: Gallery 621  309 First St. In the courtyard next to the gallery.
When: The artist’s reception is from 3-5pm. The poetry reading will start at 4pm.

I WILL EMAIL EVERYONE THE DETAILS SOON!
ALL INTERESTED POETS ARE INVITED TO PARTICIPATE! YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE A MEMBER OF THE BENICIA FIRST TUESDAY POETS TO READ! BUT A COMMITMENT IS APPRECIATED!

August 27th
Annual Poets’ Picnic in the Park/ Potluck and Poetry
Where: Benicia City Park  Military West and First St.
When: 12-4pm
Enjoy an afternoon of food, friendship, and poetry.
Bring a lawn chair, or a blanket, a dish to share, and poetry to read. Water and watermelon will be provided.
EVERYONE IS WELCOME!


Rosanna's on 9/4/2016!

Dana Gioia,

CA Poet Laureate

was HERE in April!


We rocked

Rosanna's again

on Sunday, Oct 2!

Coming in August!

Rosanna's Photos, March 5th:

Newest group anthology available at Bookshop Benicia

Johanna's Announcement, July 21, 2017:

​​Brian Chou and Jessica Turner are 2017 Poetry Scholarship Winners The Joel Fallon Poetry Scholarships for 2017 have been awarded to graduating high school seniors Brian Chou of Benicia High School and Jessica Turner of Liberty High School. Poet Laureate Johanna Ely commented on Jessica’s and Brian’s craft, “Both Brian and Jessica have the gift of being able to take a personal experience, and by writing a poem about it, have it become a universal feeling  that all of us have experienced and can understand. I hope the scholarships enable each of them to further explore the world through the eyes of a poet.” The scholarships, named for Benicia’s first Poet Laureate, are granted each year by the Benicia First Tuesday Poetry Group to one graduating senior from Benicia High School and one from Liberty High School. The awards are based on the students’ accomplishments in poetry and potential for future achievement, as reflected in the application materials they submit, and through a personal interview. The scholarships are intended to encourage young poets and to cultivate an awareness of poetic perspective in our community. Perhaps uniquely among scholarships, there is no requirement that the proceeds be used for college education expenses, since, for poets, all of life is education.  

Joel  Fallon

Our Friend and Poet Joel Fallon:

Wow! An outstanding event, April 26th. 

August 11, 2016
Dear Friends,
It is so hard for me to write this…

I must bring you the sad news that

Benicia’s first and most beloved

Poet Laureate, Joel Fallon, died this

morning at the age of 85. Joel was a wonderful poet and mentor to many, who gave so much of his wisdom and energy to our community. He will be missed beyond words, and his absence will be greatly felt.

Joel’s family plans to be present at our Poets’ Picnic in the City Park this Sunday, August 14th, 1-4 pm. This was an event that Joel started as first Poet Laureate. Please come and bring your poetry, or bring one of Joel’s poems to read. He would want us to have a good time and celebrate life, and our love of poetry.
A memorial planned by the family will take place in December. I will let you know when the details are in place.
Sincerely, Johanna  
Johanna Ely, Poet Laureate of Benicia, 2016-2018