Genea Brice

Class of 2017

Poet, author, public speaker, and teacher, Genea S. Brice, was raised and reared in Vallejo, CA.  After graduating from Hogan High School (June, 1988), she earned a B.A. in Liberal Studies; concentration: English Literature (from Patten University, May, 1998), graduated from the Patten University Teaching Credential Program (May, 1999), and she earned an M.A. in Theological Studies; concentration: Old Testament Studies (from Sacramento Theological Seminary and Bible College, May, 2005).  These experiences were integral as she began honing valuable public speaking skills through classroom teaching and in local politics.  
To her literary credit, her works appear in several anthologies including The Colors of Life, (Compilation anthology; The International Library of Poetry, 2003, The Best Poems and Poets of 2005(Compilation anthology, The International Library of 2005; A Word for All Seasons, (Anthology Number 5-Benicia First Tuesday Poets- Benicia Literary Arts, 2014; and Poeming Pigeons (Compilation anthology-Poems about Birds, on-line poetry through the Poetry April, 2015. She is also the contributing author of one book entitled My Sister’s Keeper, Letters from the Heart for Pastor’s Wives, Copyright, 2010.  She is also the author of her own autobiographical work entitled Weaned in the Desert: Souvenirs from Sacred Seasons with my Savior, Xulon Press, Copyright; February, 2010. She was also awarded the coveted Editor’s Choice Award for Outstanding Achievement in Poetry presented by for her work entitled “Perspective”, October, 2003, by the International Library of Poetry.  Her poem “Duplicity, was  featured in the Wet Exhibit, at the Benicia Library (October, 2013).  In July, 2014, she garnered an Honorable Mention in the Solano County Fairgrounds Poetry Competition.   
She is a frequent participant in Open Mic opportunities throughout the Bay Area, including The Velona Deli, in Crockett, The Firehouse Arts Center in Pleasanton, and The Hub, here in Vallejo. She also hosted the John F. Kennedy Library’s National Poetry Month Celebration, and is a regular at The Benicia Library’s First Tuesday Night’s Poetry Gathering.
On July 28, 2015, Genea was named the first Poet Laureate of the City of Vallejo.  This honor stands alone among the achievements in her life, and is most grateful for this opportunity.  Her hobbies include writing poetry, shoe-shopping, and attending book fairs.  She is also a devoted member of In-Shape Health Club in Vallejo, where she can be found enjoying some of her favorite classes, with some of her favorite people.

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