Great fun on Friday, August 12th!

Love Poetry Contest Photos!

October 9th,

we read the poems

of Joel Fallon!

If you'd like to see any multi-page pdf of these event's photos, please e-mail me at Space here is limited and our events are many!

A great book, can be purchased at Bookshop Benicia:

Woo-Hoo! Did we have fun!

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

Check this out for a trailer of Johanna Ely's video with Nina Serrano:

March 11's Fun:

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

an e-address for the pdf:

Previous group anthology available at Bookshop Benicia:

Joel  Fallon

Ekphrastic Event in October!

Coming in November!

We rocked

Rosanna's again

on Sunday, Oct 2!

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.  

Tom Stanton, 

Benicia Poet

Laureate 2018-2020

OzCat Radio – 4 BIG Days!

August 7th - 6:45 PM -

Benicia First Tuesday Poets meet in the

Dona Benicia Room at 150 East L Street 
August 5th - 2-4 PM -

Jeanne Lupton features at Rosanna’s

European Delights 305 First Street in Benicia
August 9th - OZCAT Poetry Hour - 

Please be in touch with Tom Stanton about that. 

Otherwise tune in at 10 AM. to stream
August 9th - 7:30 PM Poetry by the Bay

at The Hub 

350 Georgia Street (Upstairs in Odd Fellows Hall)
August 10th - 7:00 PM 
My Word Open Mic features Camille Miller and Andrena Zawinski followed by an open mic. 1724 San Pablo in Berkeley
August 12th - 12 - 4 PM 

Benicia First Tuesday Poets have their annual Poets Picnic at the First Street park gazebo in Benicia (For information on more poetry events in Benicia, contact Benicia Poet Laureate Tom Stanton, visit and  or )
August 16th - 
Poetry in Notion will be meeting at a new time starting in August: 3rd Thursday of each month at 4:00pm
So our next meeting will be Thursday, August 16 at 4:00pm

505 Santa Clara Street, JFK Library in Vallejo
August 23rd - 7:30 PM Poetry by the Bay at The Hub 350 Georgia Street (Upstairs in Oddfellows Hall)

D.L. Lang, Poet Laureate is reading in Marin twice in the next couple months:
August 9 – Marin Poetry Center Traveling Show – 7 PM Novato Library – 1720 Novato Boulevard, Novato I’ll be featuring with Jim Gronvold, Susan Zerner, Rebecca Patrascu
Sept 20 – Marin Poetry Center 2018 Anthology Launch
Thursday, 7pm at Falkirk Cultural Center 1408 Mission Avenue, San Rafael, CA I’ll be reading my poem “Is” which was accepted into the anthology.

AMuseing Mondays  
(First Monday of the month)
Where: Aqus Café  189 H Street  Petaluma, CA
August 6th Time: 6:15pm  (Sign up for Open Mic' at 5:45pm.)
Host: Sandra Anfang
Two featured poets followed by Open Mic’
Poetry Express (Every Monday night)
Where: Himalayan Flavors   1585 University Ave.  Berkeley, Ca.
Time: 7-9pm
Hosts vary.
Open Mic’ is before and after the Featured Poet

Alameda Island Poets(First Wednesday of the month)
Where: Frank Bette Center for the Arts  

1601 Paru Street  Alameda, CA
August 7th Time: 7-9pm
Host: Poet Laureate of Alameda, Cathy Dana
Two featured poets followed by Open Mic’

Spoken Word Open Mic(Every Wednesday night)
Where: Sacred Grounds Café   2095 Hayes Street  S.F.
Time: 7-9:30pm  (Sign-up for Open Mic' at 6:30pm)
Host: Dan Brady
Featured poet followed by open mic.

Second Saturday Poetry and Prose Reading
Where: Frank Bette Center for the Arts 

1601 Paru Street  Alameda, CA
August 11th Time: 7-9pm
Host: Jeanne Lupton Two featured poets followed by Open Mic'
“We welcome performance of almost any kind, music, dance, storytelling, stand-up.”

Anything I've missed or corrections – Please contact: Tom Stanton, Poet Laureate of Benicia, California:

(E-mail Peter Bray at for a

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

Benicia poets know how to have a picnic!

Tom's Announcements for August, 2018:

We had Poets & Pirates, July 15th!

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

Great turnout on June 5th!

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

Our Friend and Poet Joel Fallon:

Rosanna's Photos, March 5th:

Rosanna's on 9/4/2016!

Dana Gioia, CA Poet Laureate was HERE in April!