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Ina Coolbrith

Ina Coolbrith was crowned California's first poet laureate 101 years ago. Coolbrith's first love was poetry, but she earned a living as Oakland's first public librarian, where she fought gender discrimination in the workplace and mentored Jack London.

"Do you know, you were the first one who ever complimented me on my choice of reading matter?" London wrote Coolbrith years after he had borrowed his first book from a library. "Proud! If you only knew how proud your words made me."

Learn more about Ina Coolbrith, poet and mentor to Jack London, Isadora Duncan, and Joaquin Miller's daughter, Calla Shasta. Join author Aleta George who will share stories from her award-winning biography Ina Coolbrith: The Bittersweet Song of California's First Poet Laureate. The book will be available for purchase and signing.

Aleta George is the author of Ina Coolbrith: The Bittersweet Song of California's First Poet Laureate, which won a bronze medal from the 2016 Independent Publisher Book Awards (biography). As a journalist her work has been published in Smithsonian, San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, and Christian Science Monitor

When: Saturday, August 27th from 2:00 - 4:00pm

Where: House of Happy Walls museum

Admission: $10 plus parking fee. Free to active Jack London Park volunteers

Note: Limited seating available. Performance space can be reached by stairway only; for more information about access, please call (707) 938-5216

Description: Options Amount Quantity Select
General Admission $10 - Ina Coolbrith- Saturday, August 27, 2016
General Admission Free - active volunteer-Piano Concert- Sunday, December 4, 2016
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