Poet Laureate Events


Poet Laureate's Reader Series:

Orinda Books, 276 Village Square, Orinda
Sunday March 24, 1-3 pm

Featured writers: Sojourner Kincaid Rolle and Connie Post

Sojourner Kincaid Rolle is a poet, playwright, peacemaker, and community activist, and was 2015-2017 Poet Laureate of Santa Barbara, CA. She is the author of Common Ancestry (Mille Grazie Press, 1999) and Black Street (UCSB Center for Black Studies Research, 2009). Her bilingual book of poems for young people, The Yellow Mellow Global Umbrella was published in 2019 by Lucky Penny Press. Her recent work has been published in several anthologies including To Give Life a Shape (SBMA, 2017) and Looking Backward, Moving Forward (SBMNH, 2018).

Connie Post’s work has appeared in Calyx, River Styx, Slipstream, Spoon River Poetry Review, Valparaiso Poetry Review and Verse Daily.  Her first full length book, Floodwater (Glass Lyre Press), won the Lyrebird Award.  She is the winner of the 2016 Crab Creek Poetry Award and the 2018 Liakoura Award.



Poet Laureate's Reader Series:

Orinda Books, 276 Village Square, Orinda
Sunday 1/27, 1-3 pm

Guest Readers: Jeremy Bensen, Lisa Rosenberg, and Dani Gabriel

Jeremy Benson is the current Poet Laureate of Napa County. He has also written novels, short stories, articles, personal essays, stand-up comedy routines, short films, and many letters. He has emceed open mics, curated readings, hosted craft-ins, and led workshops. Jeremy is a founding participant of the Broken Nose Collective, an annual exchange of hand-made chapbooks.

Lisa Rosenberg is the author of A Different Physics, winner the 2017 Red Mountain Poetry Prize. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, she holds degrees in physics and creative writing, and worked for many years in engineering. She serves as 2017-2018 Poet Laureate of San Mateo County, California.

Dani Gabriel is the author of a forthcoming children’s book (Penny Candy Books), The Woman You Write Poems About (Civil Defense Press) and coauthor of Molotov Mouths (Manic D Press). She holds a BA from UC Berkeley in Peace and Conflict Studies and an MFA from Mills College in Creative Writing. She is a postulant for the Diaconate in the Episcopal Diocese of California. She works as a writing teacher throughout the Bay Area.

Live Poets Society is open to youth readers. Every month, we hope to feature a younger writer (high school or undergraduate age) to give a brief reading in addition to our featured writers. Poets, fiction writers and creative non-fiction writers are all welcome.

If you’d like to be featured please contact Amy Glynn here.

Amy Glynn’s second collection, Romance Language, is forthcoming from Measure Press in fall 2019.

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Poet Laureate's Reader Series:

Papillon Cafe, Lafayette
Sunday 10/28, 2-4 pm

Episode 1: Fire
Guest readers: AJ Petersen and Susan Gubernat

AJ Petersen is the recipient of two Fulbright fellowships and other grants for research in creativity and cognitive science at universities in Hamburg, Berlin, and Vienna. She holds a PhD in comparative literature and an MFA in poetry from the University of Iowa, where she taught creative writing, literary translation, and comparative arts. Her book of sonnets is forthcoming with the Petaluma-based FMRL collective.

Susan Gubernat’s second full-length poetry collection, The Zoo at Night, won the Prairie Schooner book award and was published in September 2017 by the University of Nebraska Press. She is Professor Emerita in Cal State East Bay's English Department where she founded the department’s Distinguished Writers Series, as well as the national literary magazine The Arroyo Literary Review.