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Heads UP! Coming in August:

We are having a POETS’ PICNIC on Sunday, AUGUST 4, 12:30- 2:30, at the Benicia City Park, at the corner of Military and First St!  We have reserved picnic tables, but you might want to bring chairs to listen to the Open Mic after we eat and socialize together.  Bring your lunch and your poems and any interested friends and family. Water and cookies provided.
This picnic was traditional before Covid, when other First Tuesday Poetry activities took a break in the summer.  A survey of those who come to the Open Mic at the Library did not show there was enough availability on the part of poets to sustain the evening Open Mic program in July and August.  SO WE WILL NOT meet on July 2 or August 6 at the Library.  The hope is that the picnic will be a pleasant interlude to keep us connected, and keep up with some wonderful poetry we create over the summer.
There will probably be a launch of “Unsettled,” the Poetry Anthology to which many of us contributed, sometime in August.  When Benicia Literary Arts finalizes the date, I will forward the info.
Happy Reading and Writing, 
Katrina Monroe
Benicia Poet Laureate

Would you like to be Fairfield's Poet Laureate?

Hello fellow poets and creative people!

My two year term as Fairfield Poet Laureate was to officially end on June 30th.
However, the city has extended the application date for the Poet Laureate position to August 1st.
Information on requirements and application can be found at
Download the application at, or request one by contacting Acting Deputy City Clerk Delaney Dombrowski at 707-428-7402 or
I have had a discussion with the Mayor and I am willing to continue holding the position through December. Once a new laureate is selected, he/she can completely take over January 1, 2025. 
If anyone has any questions, please feel free to email me. I'd be happy to answer what I can.
Thank you for all of your support and participation during the past two + now years. I look forward to staying active with our poetry and art communities.
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