Local Author, Sun Founding Editor Named City’s New Poet Laureate

Julia Park Tracy

The city has selected Julia Park Tracey as its Poet Laureate. She will be officially appointed to a two-year term on Tuesday, Sept. 16, at the City Council meeting, when she will read a commemorative inaugural poem. The meeting takes place Council Chambers, City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave.

Park Tracey, 51, is an award-winning writer, editor, journalist and activist. She was the founding editor, and later, publisher, at the Alameda Sun. Her essays, articles and reviews have appeared in numerous regional publications, including Alameda and Oakland magazines, East Bay Express, East Bay Monthly and the San Francisco Chronicle.

Park Tracey holds a bachelor of arts degree in journalism from San Francisco State University and a masters of arts degree in English and creative writing from California State University, East Bay.

Her poetry has been published in many literary journals and reviews, and the collection, Amaryllis: Collected Poems (Scarlet Letter Press, 2009). She has lived in Alameda since 2001.

She was recently signed by publisher BookTrope and will have a novel, Veronika Layne Gets the Scoop, out this fall.

Her award-winning biography of the 1920s, I’ve Got Some Lovin’ to Do: The Diaries of a Roaring Twenties Teen (2012) was followed by Reaching for the Moon: More Diaries of a Roaring Twenties Teen (2013). Reaching for the Moon won the top prize: Best Biography at the

Great Northwestern Book Festival in March.

"I’m honored to be named Alameda’s next Poet Laureate," said Park Tracey. "I started out as a poet in my teens, and have never stopped writing. I’m hoping to inspire some new writers as well as learn from those who’ve been writing poetry for a long while."

She follows the late Mary Rudge as Alameda’s poet laureate. Rudge held the position for four years, then unofficially continued in that capacity until her passing early this year. Park Tracey is the just second poet to be named to the position.

"Poetry is kind of like Brussels sprouts," said Park Tracey. "Some people love it and most people hate it. So I’m going to work on changing that."

Follow Park Tracey at Facebook/alamedapoetlaureate or on Twitter and Facebook under her own name.