Monday, January 7, 2013

Ina's Secrets

Ina D. Coolbrith was crowned California's first poet laureate in 1915. She referred to San Francisco as her "city of mists and of dreams," and shrouded her own life story with a fog as thick as that which covered the city's seven hills.

Coolbrith contributed hundreds of poems to the leading journals of her time and published several poetry collections. She counted Bret Harte, Mark Twain, and John Muir as friends, and mentored Jack London and Isadora Duncan when she worked as Oakland's first public librarian. Magazines and journals profiled her, reporters adulated her, and fans adored her—but few knew the secrets she kept. I'm writing a biography about Coolbrith and will share some of her secrets with you.

What: Ina's Secrets
When: Friday, January 11, 2 to 4 p.m.
Where:  San Francisco Browning Society

Penthouse Meeting Room
1400 Geary Boulevard
San Francisco, CA 94164
(Neighborhood: Lower Pacific Heights)

Ina Coolbrith and Joaquin Miller gathered laurel leaves in Sausalito to defend Lord Byron's name. Read about their journey here.