Photos from Aug. 4th!
on Sunday, Oct 2!
we read the poems
of Joel Fallon!
Joel Fallon Celebration, Friday, Dec. 16th, 4-8 pm!
Dana Gioia, CA Poet Laureate was HERE in April!
Wow! An outstanding event, April 26th, 2016
WooHoo! Picnic was Great Fun!
Scholarship winners, Brian Chou with Poet Laureate Johanna Ely and Jessica Turner
A great book, can be purchased at Bookshop Benicia:
Refer to D.L.Lang's Detailed Listing of Events for this same period –PB will post
Photos from July 7th!
Woo-Hoo! Picnic Photos from Sunday, August 27th!
August 11, 2016
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.
Johanna Ely, Poet Laureate of Benicia, 2016-2018
Late Breaking Poetry News – Solano County Fair This Weekend!
Joel's Book Launch in May
was a HOOT!
Our Friend and Poet Joel Fallon:
New Series Photos!
Love Poetry Contest Photos!
Tom's Announcements – See flyers to right...
We had Poets & Pirates, July 15th, 2018!
Great fun on Friday, August 12th!
Previous group anthology available at Bookshop Benicia:
Rosanna's Photos, March 5th:
Rosanna's on 9/4/2016!
If you'd like to see any multi-page pdf of these event's photos, please e-mail me at PetrBray@AOL.com. Space here is limited and our events are many!
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.
March 11's Fun, 2018:
"Beat Poets' Reading in Benicia:" 4 pages, send me
an e-address for the pdf: PetrBray@aol.com