James B. Golden

Poet Laureate of Salinas
2014 – 2018

Reading There Was No One to Rescue Her

Inaugural Salinas Poet Laureate, James B. Golden’s passion for activism and equal rights led him to California State University, Northridge, where he earned an M.P.A. and a B.A. in Creative Writing and Pan African Studies Arts & Literature. Golden has a Master of Humanities Degree in English from Tiffin University. He earned a Doctor of Psychology from Phillips Graduate University in 2019. Golden is the author of four books: Sweet Potato Pie Underneath The Sun’s Broiler (2008), Afro Clouds & Nappy Rain (2011), The Inside Of An Orange (2012), and BULL: The Journey of a Freedom Icon (April 2014). BULL is the 2014 recipient of the Jessie Redmon Fauset Book Award. His writing has been recognized by the National Steinbeck Center as a “phenomenal work of art.” During National Poetry Month (April 2014), Golden unveiled the historical Official City Poem for Salinas, CA entitled Wave To Salinas.