Alameda County

Charan Sue Wollard

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…

Ronnie Holland

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…

Cynthia Patton

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…

Connie Post

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…

Rafael Jesus Gonzalez

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…

Kevin N. Gunn

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 Joaquin, California Quarterly, Chiron Review and several…