Coming April 29th!

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

Woo-Hoo! Did we have fun!

March 11's Fun:

"Beat Poets' Reading in Benicia:" 4 pages, send me

an e-address for the pdf:

Newest group anthology available at Bookshop Benicia

AAUV Event in March with 3 PL's –

2 pages, send me an e-address for the pdf:

Joel  Fallon

If you'd like to see a 5-page pdf of this event's photos, please e-mail me at Space here is limited!

​​That WAS a Hoot! 4/5/2018!

We rocked

Rosanna's again

on Sunday, Oct 2!

Woo-Hoo! Picnic Photos from Sunday, August 27th!

Love Poetry Contest Photos!

Our Friend and Poet Joel Fallon:

Wow! An outstanding event, April 26th, 2016 

​​​​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.  

Coming May 6th to Rosanna's!

Dear Poets and Poetry Lovers,

I hope you can participate in some of these

great events!
Warm wishes, Johanna

April 3: The Benicia First

Tuesday Poets meet in the Dona Benicia

Room. This is a monthly meeting on the first Tuesday of the month.

Where:  Benicia Public Library  150 East L St.  Benicia
Time:   6:45-8:45pm We have a Mystery poet for April!
We do a read around, and everyone is welcome to share poetry, or just come and listen.
Light refreshments are served.

April 5:  
The Benicia First Tuesday Poets perform LIVE on OZCAT radio, Vallejo.Go to and choose “stream live”.
Time:  10am. We are on the show ARTBEAT.

April 13:  My Word Open Mic’ at Café Leila
Featured poets: Johanna Ely and Julie Voice.
Readings are followed by an Open Mic’.
Where: Café Leila  1724 San Pablo Ave. Berkeley
Time: 7pm I hope you can be there!

April 14:  
The Vallejo Public Library Celebrates National Poetry Month! Six local poets will read their poetry, and the event is hosted by Poet Laureate, D.L. Lang. An Open Mic’ will follow the readings.

Where: JFK Library  505 Santa Clara St.  Vallejo
Time: 2-4pm

April 24:  
Why Poetry? An evening of poetry
to benefit the Joel Fallon Poetry Scholarship Fund.
Enjoy the poetry of well-known local poets, and young poets, soon to be widely known.
Where:  The Benicia Public Library/ Dona Benicia Room
Time: 7-8:30pm There will be refreshments and door prizes! Please come and support a worthy cause!

April 25:  
Why Poetry Matters
A fundraiser for the Solano County Library Foundation and Literacy Programs
Enjoy the poetry of local poets, including Johanna Ely, D.L. Lang, Juanita Martin, and Suzanne Bruce.
There will be wine and hors d’oeuvres!
Where:  Solano County Events Center  601 Texas St. Fairfield, Ca.
Time: 6-8pm
Admission: $25

April 29:  
Anthology Celebration!
The Benicia First Tuesday Poets’ seventh anthology, Light and Shadow will make its debut!
Poets will be able to pick up their anthologies, and read one of their poems to the group.
Where:  The Benicia Public Library/ Dona Benicia Room
Time: 2-4pm
Come celebrate! Refreshments will be served.


October 9th,

we read the poems

of Joel Fallon!

Dana Gioia, CA Poet Laureate was HERE in April!

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

Great fun on Friday, August 12th!

Rosanna's Photos, March 5th:

Rosanna's on 9/4/2016!

A great book, can be purchased at Bookshop Benicia:

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

(E-mail Peter Bray at for a

5-pagepdf copy of this, room here is limited.

Johanna's Announcement, April 1, 2018:

Johanna Ely, Benicia Poet Laureate 2016-2018

Coming April 24th!