ALAMEDA -- The City of Alameda has selected writer and journalist Julia Park Tracey as its new poet laureate.
She will be officially appointed to a two-year term at the Sept. 16 City Council meeting and will read a commemorative inaugural poem.
The meeting takes place at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave., Alameda.
"I'm honored to be named Alameda's next poet laureate," said Park Tracey. "I started out as a poet in my teens and have never stopped writing. I'm hoping to inspire some new writers as well as learn from those who've been writing poetry for a long while.
"Poetry is kind of like Brussels sprouts," Park Tracey said. "Some people love it, and most people hate it. So I'm going to work on changing that."
She follows the late Mary Rudge as Alameda's poet laureate. Rudge held the position for four years, then unofficially continued in that capacity until her death in January. Park Tracey is the second poet to be named to the position.
Park Tracey was the founding editor and publisher at The Alameda Sun newspaper.
Her essays, articles and reviews have appeared in numerous regional publications, including Alameda and Oakland magazines, East Bay Express, East Bay Monthly and San Francisco Chronicle.
She has a bachelor's degree in journalism from San Francisco State University and a master's degree in English and creative writing from Cal State East Bay.
Her poetry has been published in numerous literary journals and reviews, and the collection, "Amaryllis: Collected Poems" (Scarlet Letter Press, 2009). She has been an Alameda resident since 2001.
Park Tracey, 51, was recently signed by publisher BookTrope and will have a novel, "Veronika Layne Gets the Scoop," out this fall.
Her award-winning biography of the 1920s, "I've Got Some Lovin' to Do: The Diaries of a Roaring Twenties Teen" (2012) was followed by "Reaching for the Moon: More Diaries of a Roaring Twenties Teen" (2013). "Reaching for the Moon" won the top prize and best biography at the Great Northwestern Book Festival in March 2014.
Park Tracey has taught numerous classes in creative writing and journalism through the Alameda Adult School, Frank Bette Center for the Arts, and the GATE/after school programs of several elementary and middle schools in Alameda.
She has volunteered to speak about the Roaring Twenties and women's history at local high schools, taught poetry and journalism to all grades, and has volunteered for Girls Inc. of the Island City and the Alameda Food Bank.
-- City of Alameda