Julia Vinograd
Julia, Berkeley, the famous "Bubble Lady" of Berkeley, California, is the city's all-but-official Poet Laureate: the mayor recently gave her a Lifetime Achievement Award. But she is much more than just a street poet: this very wise woman uses the urban scene, from tourists to homeless people, as a window on humanity (and sometimes inhumanity). She also offers unique takes on today's painful headlines. Her Jerusalem Poems, perhaps her finest work, picture that beleaguered city as a beautiful woman engaged in a long love-hate affair with God. Contact her at (510) 843-8496, or look for her and her poems around Telegraph Avenue.
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