Tom's Announcement for July 1, 2018:

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!

Rosanna's on 9/4/2016!

October 9th,

we read the poems

of Joel Fallon!

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

Dana Gioia, CA Poet Laureate was HERE in April!

WooHoo! Photos from July 1st!

Woo-Hoo! Did we have fun!

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

Tom Stanton, 

Benicia Poet

Laureate 2018-2020

Great turnout on June 5th!

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

We rocked

Rosanna's again

on Sunday, Oct 2!

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

Great fun on Friday, August 12th!

March 11's Fun:

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

an e-address for the pdf:

​​​​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.  

Our Friend and Poet Joel Fallon:

Wow! An outstanding event, April 26th, 2016 

​Watch this space!

Tom Stanton will be confirmed

by the Benicia City Council on

July 17, 2018 as Benicia's

NEW Poet Laureate, 2018-2020,

so watch this space!

(PB, the group's Graphic Guy)

See also the previous page,

the Home Page for changes

to this website – pb

It's coming on July 15th!



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:

(E-mail Peter Bray at for a

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

Rosanna's Photos, March 5th:

Newest group anthology available at Bookshop Benicia

Coming August 5th to Rosanna's

in Benicia!

Love Poetry Contest Photos!

Photos of June 9th!

Join us tonight, Tuesday, July 17, 7 pm: