Ina Coolbrith: The Bittersweet Song of California's First Poet Laureate

By Tim Madigan

Fairfield, CA- Local journalist Aleta George will be speaking about her recently published book “Ina Coolbrith: The Bittersweet Song of California's First Poet Laureate” on April 12th at 7:00 p.m., at the Fairfield Cordelia library.


Coolbrith was named California's first poet laureate (and America's first state laureate) during the Panama-Pacific International Exposition. Earning her living as a librarian, Ina mentored a young Jack London and fought gender discrimination in the workplace. Coolbrith was born in the Mormon community of Nauvoo, Illinois, in 1841. Her father was Don Carlos Smith, the youngest brother of Joseph Smith, the founder of the Mormon Church.


A resident of Suisun City, Aleta George writes about nature and culture in California and is an editor for Solano Land Trust.


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