Poets to Meet


The city of Benicia’s first and newly crowned poet laureates will attend the monthly reading of the Alameda Island Poets this month. Joel Fallon and Johanna Ely will appear Wednesday, Aug. 3, 7 to 9 p.m., at the Green Fare Cafe, upstairs in the Mariner Square Athletic Club, 2227 Mariner Square Loop. An open mic follows the featured poets. Food will be available for purchase.

Ely is Benicia’s sixth Poet Laureate. She is the facilitator for the Benicia First Tuesday Poetry Group and the chairperson for the annual Benicia Love Poetry Contest.  In 2015, she published a small collection of her poetry titled, Transformation. 

Fallon, 85, is Benicia’s first Poet Laureate. He was a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army. A San Franciscan, he volunteered for military service for the Korean War and served in Korea, Japan, the Philippines, Alaska and Germany. He is a trained Chinese (Mandarin) and Russian linguist. His last assignment was at the Pentagon with the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He retired in 1970.