Awards

The success of CWC is dependent on the dedication of many hardworking members. We recognize exceptional service of our volunteers through two awards.

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Ina Coolbrith Award

Periodically, the CWC Central Board bestows the Ina Coolbrith Award to honor a member for exemplary service to CWC and / or the Central Board.

Recipient

Year

Robert Garfinkle
2014
David LaRoche
2013
Kelly Harrison
2011
Joyce Krieg
2009
Casey Wilson
2007
Barbara Truax
2006
Betty Freeman and Ruth Theodos
2004

BobGetsInaIna Coolbrith Award presented to Robert Garfinkle July 2014

Robert Garfinkle (left) receives Ina Coolbrith Award from CWC president David George (right)

and Bob’s branch president, Nancy Curteman (center).

Robert Garfinkle

At the July 2014 CWC Central Board Meeting, David George and Nancy Curteman presented the Ina Coolbrith Award to Fremont Branch’s Robert Garfinkle. Bob is a long- time member of California Writer’s Club and a lifetime member. He has dedicated a tremendous amount of his time and talent to CWC and continues the work of 19th/20th -century California poet Ina Coolbrith who encouraged new writers through her literary salons.

Like Ina Coolbrith, Bob encourages new writers at club meetings. Like Ina Coolbrith who was President of the Congress of Authors and Journalists, Bob was president of Fremont Area Writers and California Writers Club. Like Ina Coolbrith who was a celebrated poet and author, Bob is an internationally known author of astronomy books and scientific journal articles. Like Ina Coolbrith who was active in her community as an Oakland librarian, Bob was active in the community as Union City Council Member. Like Ina Coolbrith, Bob has demonstrated his love of writing through his active support of CWC.

His achievements include: Central Board representative for the South Bay branch from 2003-2007, formed the new Fremont Area Writers Branch and served as president, launched the Annual CWC picnic and chaired it for several years, and was on the staff of South Bay Writers’ East of Eden Writer Conference from 2004 to 2008. Springer Publishing recently released his chef d’oeuvre on astronomy, Luna Cognita, (Known Moon)

When asked why he gives so much of his busy life to CWC, he responded, “I enjoy the camaraderie of working with other writers. I guess I just like writers.”

Previous Ina Coolbrith Award Winners

Dave La Roche (2013)

Dave received the Ina Coolbrith Award for serving as the Bylaws and Policy Chair, 2007 through the present. He also established the e-business forum, and wrote the associated operating procedure. He founded the NorCal Group of the CWC, a northern California regional association of branches intent upon promoting Club interests, addressing branch leadership needs, and augmenting members’ interest in writing. He chaired NorCal for its initial three years, and he conceived of and established the Publishing Pathways program, a resource for new writers faced with myriad publishing questions and dozens of pitfalls when wanting to publish their books. He created and developed the Literary Review, and serves as its managing editor.

After numerous credits accumulated in majors from engineering through a political science and pre-law curriculum at several Midwest universities, Dave earned a BS in Business Management from San Jose State. With work, a similar path of various employments ended his career in Aerospace middle management with Ford Aerospace then Loral Systems. His writing career began late in this journey, only after, he would say, sufficient experience to know what and why he was putting to paper. He has written about 20 short stories, published a dozen or more, and has completed the first draft of his first novel, Ordinary Times. Dave’s credo with regard to writing goes something like this: “Live before you write. Words belong to any of us but stories are the product of life.”

Kelly Harrison (2011)

An instructor at San Jose State University, Kelly received the Ina Coolbrith Award for her work editing the fifth edition of West Winds Centennial, a collection of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction by members of the California Writers Club. The first West Winds, a hardcover collection of fiction, was published in 1914 and illustrated by California artists. Follow-up editions were published in 1925, 1931, and 1989. West Winds Centennial is the fifth edition.

Kelly has been an active member of CWC since 2007. She co-directed the East of Eden Writers Conference in 2008 with fellow CWC member Edie Matthews. It drew 300 attendees, and featured workshops, agents, publishers, and Pulitzer Prize-winner Jane Smiley. After a successful career in technical writing, she started teaching technical writing in 1999. She earned her MFA in 2005 and currently teaches creative and technical writing. She is also a past director of the Center for Literary Arts, an organization that brings noted authors to campus, and is present director of Writing Programs at San Jose State University.

 Joyce Krieg (2009)

Joyce considers her biggest and most important CWC achievement to be rekindling awareness of our connection to Joaquin Miller Park in Oakland, of the planting of Writers Memorial Grove, and of the construction of the Cascades and Woodminster Amphitheater. This impressive CWC project had almost been lost in the mists of time until Joyce did her own research and brought it to the attention of the Central Board and to the general membership in The Bulletin. Thanks to her efforts, CWC now has a permanent display commemorating our centennial at the ranger station at Joaquin Miller Park.

Joyce was not even a member of California Writers Club when she agreed to help the Central Coast branch with their newsletter in October 2004. Since then, Joyce has joined CWC and has held almost every office and committee chair at her branch: newsletter editor, membership chair, program chair, workshop chair, and treasurer. She culminated her career with Central Coast by serving as president in 2011-2012, and continues to serve as her branch’s Central Board representative. Also very active at the state level, Joyce currently serves as secretary to the Central Board and chair of the CWC NorCal Group, as well as being editor of the CWC Bulletin.

 Casey Wilson (2007)

 Casey edited the first CWC branch anthology, Images; was a founding member of the East Sierra branch; and served as president of the California Writers Club corporate central board of directors first from 1999 to 2002 and again from 2008 to 2010. With Barbara Truax, he created and codified the CWC Policies and Procedures.

 After 37 years working for the federal government, Casey changed careers in May 1993 to become a full-time freelance writer. His first commercial publication appeared in the January 1969 issue of Electronics World. Since 1993, his articles and photographs have come out in newspapers and several national magazines. He has written scripts for and worked as production manager for television public service announcements. In addition to his writing, he teaches writing and photography workshops

 Barbara Truax (2006)

 Barbara has served on the Central Board as president, secretary, and membership chair. In 2003, during her presidency, a California State Assembly Legislative Resolution declared the third week of October as “California Writers Week.” In 1999, Barbara and other residents of Marin County formed the CWC Marin branch. In 2010, Marin branch received a Marin County Board of Supervisors Resolution recognizing the third week in October as “California Writers Week.”

Barbara writes short stories, articles and flash fiction. She believes in the durability of the written word, the impact on the reader, and the responsibility of the writer to make the connection. Her favorite quotation: “Planning to write is not writing. Outlining…researching…talking to people about what you’re doing, none of that is writing. Writing is writing.”  — E. L. Doctorow

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Jack London Awards

Every other year, CWC branches may nominate one of their members to receive a Jack London Award in recognition of outstanding service to the organization.

2009 Jack London Award Winners - Photo by:Martin Gregory

2009 Jack London Award Winners

Back row, left to right: Sandy Moffett, Joanne Brown, Dave LaRoche, Robert A. Garfinkle, Pam Tallman, Julie Bauer
Front row: Carol Warren (representing Robert D. Isbill), Cindy A. Pavlinac, Kathy Urban, Anne Fox, Karen Batchelor
Not pictured: Ken Jones, Stephen J. Wersan, Robert D. Isbill, Libby Grandy, Anne Margis, Kathy Highcove

For Service to California Writers Club

Branch Name:

2009 Honorees

2007 Honorees

Berkeley
Anne Fox
Lucille Bellucci
Central Coast
Ken Jones
Walter Gourlay
East Sierra
Stephen J. Wersan
Allison Aubin
Fremont Area Writers
Robert A. Garfinkle
branch not yet chartered
High Desert
Robert D. Isbill
No Award
Inland Empire
Libby Grandy
Kathyrn Wilkens
Long Beach
Anne Margis
No Award
Marin
Cindy A. Pavlinac
No Award
Mt Diablo
Joanne Brown
Camille Minichino
Orange County
Pamela Tallman
Darlene Lindouer
Redwood
Karen L. Batchelor
Catherine Keegan
Sacramento
Julie Bauer
Grace Ertel
San Fernando Valley
No Award
Cara Alson
SF/Peninsula
No Award
Tory Hartmann
South Bay
Dave LaRoche
Victoria Burlew
Tri-Valley
Kathy Urban
Sue Tasker
West Valley
Kathy Highcove
No Award
Writers of Kern
Sandy Moffett
Joe Tomasi

Branch Name:

2005 Honorees

2004 Honorees

2003 Honorees

Berkeley
Virginia K. Anderson
Caroline Ahlswede
Sarah Clark
Central Coast
Pat Matuszewski
branch not yet chartered
East Sierra
Liz Babcock
Holly Cooley
Donna McCrohan Rosenthal
High Desert
no award
No Award
George Gracyk
Inland Empire
S. Kay Murphy
Cyndy Largarticha
No Award
Marin
Tom Brown
No Award
Priscilla Royal
Mt Diablo
Al Villaire
Danard Emmanuelson
Jack Russ
Orange County
John P. Farmer
Dave Cunningham
Carol Celeste
Redwood
Mary Rosenthal
Gil Mansergh
Nadenia Newkirk
Sacramento
Mike Finch
No Award
Tom Adams
San Fernando Valley
Art Yuwiler
Elaine Shevin
Jo-ed Griffith
SF/Peninsula
Jana McBurney-Lin
Teresa LeYung Ryan
Sue Okasanen
South Bay
Carolyn Downey
Beth Proudfoot
Carol Wood
Writers of Kern
Terry Redman
Camille Gavin
Beth Davisson

Branch Name:

2002 Honorees

2001 Honorees

2000 Honorees

Berkeley
No Award
No Award
No Award
East Sierra
Judy Martin
Curt Danhauser
Judy Dutcher
High Desert
No Award
No Award
Teri Lucia
Inland Empire
Laura Slattery
No Award
Gladys Hotchkiss
Marin
Barbara Truax
No Award
No Award
Mt Diablo
Denise Kalm
Al Garratto
Beverly Lauderdale
Orange County
Allene Symons
Ralph Eden
branch not yet chartered
Redwood
No Award
No Award
No Award
Sacramento
No Award
No Award
Marsha Porter
San Fernando Valley
Lenora Smalley
Dean Stewart
Valley Dave Wetterberg
SF/Peninsula
Jean Rieth
Mariann Jackson
No Award
South Bay
Bill Baldwin
Edie Matthews
Susan Mueller
Writers of Kern
Maggie Caldwell-Smith
Peg Connolly
Helen Shanley

Branch Name:

1999 Honorees

1998 Honorees

1997 Honorees

Berkeley
Linda Thorlakson
W. E. Reinka
Alexandra Gautraud
East Sierra
Rlee Peters
Casey Wilson
Maryann Butterfield
High Desert
Liz Pinto
Wilma Willis Gore
Carol Bachofner
Mt Diablo
Liz Pentacoff
Raymond Martell
Joan Brennan
Redwood
No Award
Barbara Truax
Mary C. Varley
Sacramento
No Award
Dee Porter
Charles Pettingell
San Fernando Valley
Ethelann Pemberton
Ken Wilkins
Judith Presnall
SF/Peninsula
No Award
No Award
Christina Ashton
South Bay
Beverly Morgan
Tina Farrell
Susan Edwards
Writers of Kern
Jim Imel
Barbara Nelson
Barbara Gabel

Branch Name:

1995 Honorees

1993 Honorees

1991 Honorees

Berkeley
Julian Adams
Willie Rose
Caryl Hansen
High Desert
J’Amy Pacheco
Ruth Theodos
branch not yet chartered
Mt Diablo
Pat Edwards
Ted Fuller
Mercedes Gardner
Peninsula
Ellen Macaulay
Barbara Foley
James McLaughlin
Redwood
Mildred Fish
Alla Crone (Hayden)
Waldo T. Boyd
Sacramento
Beth Tigner
Bill Holden
Elisabeth Tigner
San Fernando Valley
Diana Johnson
Margie Davidson
Yolanda Fintor
South Bay
Pat St.Lawrence
Karen E. Hinger
Tom Mach

Branch Name:

1989 Honorees

1987 Honorees

1985 Honorees

Berkeley
John Campbell Bruce
Cecilia Bartholomew
Jessie Scanlan
Mt Diablo
Helen McGrath
branch not yet chartered
Peninsula
Mary Collins Dunne
Emily Hallin
Marie L. Nunn
Redwood
Mary Priest
Margaret Scariano
Ruth Irma Walker
Sacramento
Marilyn Smith
Ken Donelson
Joseph McCall
San Fernando Valley
Betty Freeman
Joan Jones
branch not yet chartered
South Bay
Madge Saksena
branch not yet chartered

Branch Name:

1983 Honorees

1981 Honorees

1979 Honorees

Berkeley
Ray Faraday Nelson
Ruth Atkinson ( Heady)
No Award
Peninsula
Laura Raef
Beatrice Warren
Alice Kennedy
Redwood
Inman Whipple
Pat Patterson
Peggy Ray
Sacramento
Bud Gardner
Bernice Curler
Irene Donelson

Branch Name:

1977 Honorees

1975 Honorees

1973 Honorees

Berkeley
Cleone Montgomery
Lloyd Eric Reeve
Margaret Kelley
Peninsula
Dorothy Dowdell
Louise Boggess
Rutherford Montgomery
Redwood
Dianne Kurlfinke
Helene Schellenberg (Barnhart)
branch not yet chartered
Sacramento
Edwin Rosenberg
Gladys Morse
Lorena Olmsted