Wednesday, May 4, 2011

City of Fairfield Volunteer Appreciation Poem & Picture from the Luncheon

Service of Giving
            ___ Juanita J. Martin©2011

My conscience tugs the spirit,
to surrender my heart,
for love of community.

It is not glory or money that I seek;
service to others is my destiny.
My soul has the wealth of kings.

Words cannot describe my desire.
No temporal gain can satisfy,
nor replace inner peace.

It’s the sun piercing a cerulean sky,
music of an internal song,
the wings of compassion that carry me.

              City of Fairfield            
Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon
April 13, 2011

Pictured: Vice Mayor Chuck Timm, 1st Poet Laureate Juanita J. Martin,
Volunteer  Coordinator Karen Rees

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Come to the Spring Poetry Festival!

              Come to the Spring Poetry Festival, Saturday, April 16, 2011, 10 am - 4 pm, at Dover Park,
800 E. Travis Blvd., Fairfield, CA. There is a gazebo and children's area there, perfect for all in attendence.

             Noted poets and poets laureate will feature such as Sonoma County poet laureate Gwynn O'Gara and Livermore poet laureate Charan Wollard. Stay for the open microphone readings and other happenings.

              Bring a poem or two to read. Bring a picnic lunch, chairs or blanket and make a day of it in the park. For more info:  Juanita J. Martin
                               1st Poet Laureate
                                 City of Fairfield

Contact: (707) 419-2408 or email

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Read my latest poem

The Poet in Me
 __ Juanita J. Martin

Words escape , poetry is alive
Speaking volumes

Challenging your psyche
Touching secret places

Revealing layers
Lifting you out of yourself

Your soul stripped naked
Back to that pre-pubescent stage

When color was a crayon
and the world was at play

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Celebrate National Poetry Month!

For the entire month of April, we celebrate National Poetry Month. As Fairfield's first poet laureate, I invite you to celebrate with me. You don't have to write a poem, but please come to the following events:

April 9, 2011, 10-3 pm - Writers Resource Center Poetry Fest,
Nelson Community Center, Suisun, CA

April 15, 2011, 7-8:30 pm - Author Event,
Fairfield High School Library, Fairfield, CA

April 16, 2011, 10-4 pm - Spring Poetry Festival
Dover Park, Fairfield, CA                                              

April 30, 2011, 9-1 pm - Earth Day Celebration
Civic Center Pond/Park, Fairfield, CA
(behind city hall)

What is a Poet Laureate?

    In case you didn't know, a poet laureate is a poet with a substantial background in poetry. They are appointed by a government to write poetry for occasions. They also may visit schools, help implement programs and give readings of their work, in order to bring poetry to their communities. They are essentially ambassadors for the literary art form known as poetry.

   As Fairfield 's first poet laureate, I will do all these things and more. I will also write an original poem for the city of Fairfield and document my historical reign. Feel free to leave a brief comment here on my blog or send an email to 

If you have ideas about poetry events, programs, or other poetry related venues, I would love to hear about them.

View my article in sf examiner

Read about Juanita J. Martin's beginning as a writer. See her humble rise from journalist to award-winning poet and now first poet laureate of Fairfield, CA.

Visit the poetic essence of juanita martin, laureate of fairfield