This poem was written by Juanita J. Martin, 1st Poet Laureate, City of Fairfield, 2010-2012
Juanita J. Martin became the first African-American poet laureate in Solano County and the first poet laureate for Fairfield, California. She was officially appointed on December 7, 2010 by the Fairfield City Council. Martin was chosen because of her dedication to poetry, and the ability to write and articulate poetry in many forms.
Juanita's duties included coordinating poetry events, visiting schools, and reading at official city functions. During Martin's 2 year term she also documented her historical reign and provided an original poem about the city of Fairfield.
Some of Juanita's other accomplishments as laureate included writing poetry exercises she presented at the Fairfield Senior Center's Brain Booster Club. She wrote orignal poems for events such as the Solano Centenarian Celebration and Veterans Day Parade.
She also judged the Benicia Poetry out Loud Contest, a successful high school program which helps students learn and recite poems written by the masters of poetry. Juanita wrote and published The Lighthouse Beckons, a collection of poems, which was eventually accepted in several branches of the Solano County Library.
Juanita speaking at the City of Fairfield Volunteer Luncheon in 2011.
Juanita as emcee of Redwood Writers Poetry Night in 2012