Newest group anthology available at Bookshop Benicia

Dana Gioia, CA Poet Laureate was HERE in April!

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

Johanna Ely, Benicia Poet

Laureate 2016-2018

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!

Johanna's Announcement, August 31, 2017:

Joel  Fallon

A great book, can be purchased at Bookshop Benicia:

Great fun on Friday, August 12th!

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

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

Our Friend and Poet Joel Fallon:

​​​​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.  

We rocked

Rosanna's again

on Sunday, Oct 2!

Wow! An outstanding event, April 26th. 

Poetry Happenings for

September 2017 –

This September,

fall into poetry!
Sept. 3 – Come help us celebrate the first year anniversary of the First Sunday Poetry Series hosted by Johanna Ely.
Where: Rosanna’s European Delights, 305 First St.,Benicia When: 2-4pm.
The featured poet is Jeremy Cantor, followed by an Open Mic.

Sept. 5 – Benicia First Tuesday Poets monthly meeting.
Where: Benicia Public Library 150 East L St., Dona Benicia Room When: 6:45-8:45pm. Dan Ryken will be hosting this month! There will be a “Mystery Poet” followed by a group Read-Around. Bring a poem to share, or just come and listen.
Sept. 10 – Valona Second Sunday Poetry Series
Where:  Valona Deli, Crockett, CA Hosted by Connie Post
When: 3-5pm. Two featured poets followed by an Open Mic.
Sept. 18 –  Poetry in Notion/ Every Third Monday of the Month Where: JFK Library, Vallejo, CA. Hosted by Poet Laureate, Diana Lang When: 6:30 pm. 
Sept. 18 – Writers Helping Writers/ Every Third Monday of the Month, Presented by Benicia Literary Arts
Where: HQ Gallery 333 First St. Suite D, Benicia
When: 7-9pm Free for members/ $10 for non-members
For more information contact Lois Requist 


Writers’ Salon/Every first and third Friday of the month
Where: Benicia Public Library, Edna Clyne Room
When: 2-4pm  Share your writing in a positive environment.
Have fun responding to visual and written prompts. Free and open to the public.

Poetry by the Bay/Second and fourth Thursdays of the month
Where:  The Hub   350 Georgia St.  Vallejo, CA
When:   7:30-9 pm Read and listen to poetry! 

Sept. 17–  The Benicia State Capitol presents, “Meet Elsie Robinson” Where: 115 West G St., Benicia, When: 1pm.  Adults $10/Kids $5 Learn all about the infamous newspaper columnist, Elsie Robinson, with a special performance by Sheena Beeson as Elsie, and poet
PETER BRAY as her husband, Benton Fremont!

Sept. 27-  Please join four Benicia Poets Laureate as they share their poetry and celebrate the history of the Benicia Library
Poet Laureate Program…Where: Benicia Public Library/Dona Benicia Room, When: 6:30-8pm. Refreshments 8-8:30 pm.
Interviews and poetry with Johanna Ely, Don Peery, Lois Requist, and Ronna Leon. MC: Mary Susan Gast

Farther and farther
Into the mountain trail
Autumn dusk deepens

 – Lenard D. Moore

​"Keep smiling" as Joel Fallon

used to tell us all –

​​Johanna Ely,

Benicia Poet Laureate, 2016-2018

Rosanna's on 9/4/2016!

Love Poetry Contest Photos!

Rosanna's Photos, March 5th:

October 9th,

we read the poems

of Joel Fallon!