Ina Coolbrith


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(1842–1928), was born in Illinois, brought by covered wagon to California as a child, and after 1865 lived in the San Francisco Bay region. She helped Bret Harte to edit the Overland Monthly and was associated with the literary group that included Clemens, C.W. Stoddard, and Joaquin Miller. Her simple lyric poems were collected in A Perfect Day (1881), The Singer of the Sea (1894), and Songs from the Golden Gate (1895). In 1915 she organized a World Congress of Authors for the Panama-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco and was named the state's first Poet Laureate by the legislature.

From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Literature.

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