Charan Sue Wollard

Charan Sue (Cher) Wollard was poet laureate of Livermore, California, 2009-2013. She also served on the board of directors of the Ina Coolbrith Circle, the nation’s oldest continuous poetry circle, 2014-2019. Her award-winning poems have appeared in literary journals and anthologies including the Carquinez Review, The Gathering, Bird Black as the Sun: California Poets on Crows and Ravens, and Joys of the Table: An Anthology of Culinary Verse. Two books of her poetry have been published: In My Other Life, a collection of original poems and paintings, was released in 2010, and The Magician’s Wife in 2018, both by Richer Resources Publications. In 2013, the City of Livermore appointed her to the Commission for the Arts, on which she still serves.

Ronnie Holland

Ronnie Holland served as the first poet laureate of the city of Dublin (May 2008-2010), wrote and presented many “poems of place,” hosted poetry readings, developed content for the City’s web site, and read at events, dedications, schools and for Hope Hospice. She has been published in anthologies, (including the 2009 California Poets Laureate Anthology Sometimes in the Open), in newsletters, and in two Ekphrasis chapbook collaborations with artist Lily Xu. Ronnie has been a member of the California Writers Club (Tri-Valley Branch) since 2008. She attended and read at regional poetry events, including the 13th Annual Mendocino Spring Poetry Event in Little River, and the state-wide gathering of California Poets Laureate in southern California October 2018. Her work life balanced renewable energy organizations and 25 years as a holistic massage therapist. Recently she produces emergency and fire prevention news and tips publications to property owners in rural Northern California.

Cynthia Patton

Cynthia J. Patton, poet and memoirist, has written two books on wetland restoration and a poetry collection, Across An Aqueous Moon: Travels in Autism (Finishing Line Press, 2016). Her award-winning work has appeared in fifteen anthologies, numerous publications, her blog, An Unplanned Life, and onstage. The Museum of Motherhood featured her work in 2015. Patton is an attorney, activist, educator, and founder of the nonprofit organization, Autism A to Z. She serves as the city of Livermore’s poet laureate (2017-2022) and hosts numerous literary events, including Verse and Vine: Poetry in Livermore Wine Country and the long-running Whistlestop Writers Open Mic. The Bay Area native serves as a Poet-Teacher with California Poets in the Schools. She is completing another poetry collection plus a memoir, My Guardian Angel Sings the Blues, on her unconventional journey to motherhood.

Connie Post

Connie Post served as the first poet laureate of Livermore, California. Her work has appeared in Calyx, American Journal of Poetry, River Styx, One, Slipstream, Spoon River Poetry Review, Slippery Elm, Valparaiso Poetry Review and Verse Daily. Her Awards include the Crab Creek Review Poetry, the Liakoura Award, the Prick of the Spindle Award, and the Caesura Award. She has been short listed for the Muriel Craft Bailey awards (Comstock Review) and the Lois Cranston Memorial Awards (Calyx). Her work has also been named a finalist twice in the Cutthroat Magazine Joy Harjo Prize. Her first full length Book Floodwater won the Lyrebird Award.  Her second full length collection (also by Glass Lyre Press) Prime Meridian was released in January 2020 and was a finalist in the Best book Awards and the International Book Awards. Connie has been the creator and curator of the California Poet Laureate List since 2005. 

Rafael Jesus Gonzalez

Rafael Jesús González, Prof. Emeritus of literature and creative writing, was born and raised biculturally/bilingually in El Paso, Texas/Cd. Juárez, Chihuahua, and taught at various universities before settling at Laney College, Oakland, California where he founded the Dept. of Mexican & Latin-American Studies in1969. Also a visual artist, he has exhibited in the Oakland Museum of California, the Mexican Museum of San Francisco, and others in the U.S. and Mexico. Four times nominated for a Pushcart price, he was honored by the National Council of Teachers of English and Annenberg CPB for his writing in 2003. In 2013 he received a César E. Chávez Lifetime Award and was honored by the City of Berkeley with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 13th Annual Berkeley Poetry Festival 2015. He is the first poet laureate of Berkeley.

Kevin N. Gunn

Kevin Gunn served as the poet laureate of Livermore California from 2013 to 2017. During that time, he curated the Ravenswood Poetry Series and worked with grammar school students and gave many poetry workshops. He also started a Teen Poet of the Month contest program. He has been published in Song of the San JoaquinCalifornia QuarterlyChiron Review and several local publications.  Kevin’s chapbook Hey Yard Duty, Johnny Said the F Word (a chapbook of poem about teaching) was published by Finishing Line Press in 2016.