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Poetry at the Library: Poets Laureate on Social Justice

September 26, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm


A panel of Bay Area Poets Laureate will read poems around the theme of Social Justice. REGISTER>

Caroline Goodwin moved to California in 1999 from Sitka, Alaska to attend Stanford as a Wallace Stegner Fellow in poetry. Her books are Trapline (2013), Peregrine (2015), The Paper Tree (2017) and Custody of the Eyes (2019). She teaches at UC Berkeley Extension, CA College of the Arts and Stanford Continuing Studies. In fall 2013, she was appointed San Mateo County’s first Poet Laureate, and served for three years (2014 – 2016). http://carolinegoodw.com/

Cynthia Bryant, 
was first published in 1997 by two important journals dealing with childhood sexual abuse, has since been published in over 50 anthologies.  Her poetry is on numerous websites, an e-book and she has recorded her poems for play on e-radio as well as community television. She served the community of Pleasanton, CA as their poet laureate 2005-2007 and again in 2011-2013

Allegra Silberstein grew up on a farm in Wisconsin but has lived in California since 1963. Her love of poetry began as a child when her mother would recite poems as she worked. In addition to three chapbooks of poetry, she has over a hundred publications and a growing number on-line. Allegra became the first Poet Laureate for the city of Davis and served from 2010-2012. Her new book of poems is entitled West of Angels. She is a member of Pamela Trokanski’s Third Stage Dance Company.

Amy Glynn is a poet, essayist and fiction writer whose work appears widely in journals and anthologies including The Best American Poetry.  A resident of Lafayette and the mother of two young daughters, her first collection of poems, A Modern Herbal, was published in 2013 and is available on Amazon; her second collection is in process. She studied at Mount Holyoke College and received her master’s degree in creative writing at Lancaster University in England. Amy was named the Orinda and Lafayette Poet Laureate 2018-present

Sarah Kobrinsky was the 2013-2015 Poet Laureate of Emeryville, CA. Her collection, Nighttime on the Other Side of Everything, is forthcoming by New Rivers Press (November 2019). Her poems and stories have appeared in Magma Poetry, Eleven Eleven, Monkeybicycle, 100 Word Story, Fjords Review among many others. She was born in Canada, raised in North Dakota, seasoned in England, and tempered in California. Sarah and her husband have a handmade dinnerware company called Jered’s Pottery.

Co-host Peter Kline Peter Kline received his B.A. from Northwestern in English/Creative Writing and his M.F.A. from the University of Virginia. He has been honored with the 2010 Morton Marr Prize from the Southwest Review, as well as a Wallace Stegner Fellowship in Poetry Writing from Stanford University, where he was also the William Chace Lecturer. He has been a finalist for the National Poetry Series and the Poetry Foundation’s Ruth Lilly Fellowship. His poetry and essays have appeared in Poetry, Tin House, Ploughshares, Southern Poetry Review, Crazyhorse, Mantis, Crab Orchard Review, and elsewhere.

and co-host Ron Riekki, co-editor of Undocumented: Great Lakes Poets Laureate on Social Justice

Event Type(s): Performance, Library Program, Special Events (Adult)
Age Group(s): Adults (18+), Teens (12-17)
Presenter: Bay Area Poets Laureate
(925) 977-3340


September 26, 2019
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm


Oak View Room – Walnut Creek Library
1644 N. Broadway
Walnut Creek, CA 94596 United States


Walnut Creek Library
(925) 977-3340

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