Our Friend and Poet Joel Fallon:

Wow! An outstanding event, April 26th. 

Happening in November ALSO!

​October and November Poetry Happenings!
Dear Friends,
I am thankful for you, and for

your poetry! Please enjoy and

participate! With gratitude,

Oct. 28: Book launch for Vallejo Poet Laureate Emerita, Genea Brice. Her book is titled, “A Way with Words: Poems, Prose, and Other Masterpieces”.
Where: The Vallejo Bookstore, 628 Marin St. 3pm.
Nov. 5:First Sunday Poetry Series at Rosanna’s European Delights, 2-4pm. Hosted by Johanna Ely 

Where: 305 First St. Benicia, CA. The featured poet is Cathy Dana, followed by an Open Mic’.
Nov. 7: The monthly Benicia First Tuesday Poets group meets, 6:45-8:45pm. Hosted by Johanna Ely
Where: Benicia Public Library/Dona Benicia Room 150 East L St. To help launch the 2018 Benicia Love Poetry Contest, bring a favorite love poem to read (if you wish). It can be written by you or someone else.
We will also have our regular poetry read-around. Everybody is welcome! Come to share poetry or just listen. Light refreshments are usually served.
Nov.12: Valona Deli Second Sunday Poetry Series  3-5pm. Hosted by Connie Post
Where: The Valona Deli, Crockett, CA. Two featured poets are followed by an Open Mic’.
Nov.19: Ekphrastic Poetry Reading for the art show, “Gathering Tribes” 2-4pm. Poets will read poems inspired by the works of artists,Vicki Dennis, Joyce Byrum, and Les Overlock. The opening ART reception is Sunday, October 29, 3-5pm.
Where: The Benicia Public Library Art Gallery
If you would like to participate in the poetry reading,
contact Johanna for more details.
Nov.20: Poetry in Notion, 6:30-8:30pm.
Hosted by Diana Lang.
Where:  JFK Library, Vallejo. This is a poetry read-around. Bring poetry to share, or just come and listen.
Light refreshments are usually served.
Important Deadlines!!!
Entries for the 2018 Benicia Love Poetry Contest
must be received by NOVEMBER 30, 2017.
For more information contact Tom Stanton, 
Submissions for the 2018 First Tuesday Poets Anthology must be received by DECEMBER 1, 2017.
For more information contact Johanna Ely, 

(E-mail Peter Bray at PetrBray@AOL.com for a 4-page

pdf of this event!)

Rosanna's on 9/4/2016!

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

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

Johanna Ely, Benicia Poet Laureate 2016-2018

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

Open House was a Hoot November 29, 2016!

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

First Anniversary at Rosanna's

w/ Featured Poet, Jeremy Cantor!

Coming on November 19th!

Newest group anthology available at Bookshop Benicia

Johanna's Announcement, October 26, 2017:

A great book, can be purchased at Bookshop Benicia:

Dana Gioia, CA Poet Laureate was HERE in April!

Woo-Hoo! Did we have fun!

We rocked

Rosanna's again

on Sunday, Oct 2!

Great fun on Friday, August 12th!

October 9th,

we read the poems

of Joel Fallon!

Rosanna's Photos, March 5th:

Joel  Fallon

Coming Attractions in DECEMBER!

​​​​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.  

Love Poetry Contest Photos!