Jack London Society Member Iris Dunkle Named Poet Laureate of Sonoma County


Sebastopol resident and Jack London Society Member Iris Jamahl Dunkle has been named the ninth poet laureate of Sonoma County for 2016 and 2017.

Dunkle is the author of two full-length collections of poetry, Gold Passage (Trio House Press, 2013) and, most recently, There’s a Ghost in this Machine of Air (Wordtech Editions, December 2015).  Her latest collection focuses on the history of Sonoma County.  Dunkle, is planning a number of projects over her two-year term including teaching local history via a writing workshop for Sonoma County teachers; writing workshops at historic sites throughout the county including Jack London State Historic Park; an anthology of poetry about the history of Sonoma County and a monthly column in the Press Democrat called “Poet’s Corner.”

You can read more about her new book in this recent article, “Haunting poems give texture to Sonoma County history”.

There’s a Ghost in this Machine of Air is available on Amazon.