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Virtual History Happy Hour: “Ina Coolbrith: Poet, Mentor, and Oakland’s First Public Librarian”

Virtual History Happy Hour: “Ina Coolbrith: Poet, Mentor, and Oakland’s First Public Librarian”


Ina Coolbrith’s passion was poetry, but she made a living as a librarian in Oakland where she mentored Jack London, Isadora Duncan, and Calla Shasta Miller, Joaquin Miller’s daughter. Years before Coolbrith was named California’s first poet laureate in 1915, she encouraged youth seeking knowledge at the Oakland Public Library.

About Our Presenter

Aleta George is the award-winning author of Ina Coolbrith: The Bittersweet Song of California’s First Poet Laureate. Her work has also been published in California Magazine, Estuary News, and Smithsonian.


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Equine Paradox

Oakland’s Horse Whisperer

A school of horses? I never heard of such a thing! Turned loose upon the stage? It is extraordinary! Without bridle or rein, obeying every command with the precision of soldiers? Come now, this is too much. I don’t believe it! (The Equine Paradox!: Can you solve it? George Bartholomew, 1880) And yet it was […]

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