With her green and gold beret and wobbly walk — childhood polio left one leg in a brace — Vinograd was a fixture at the now-shuttered Caffe Mediterraneum, where between coffee and chats with UC Berkeley students she would shuffle from table to table, peddling her poetry books. But I was angry enough that I wanted to throw something. So I went out and got 15 bottles of soap bubbles. There were two rookie cops in the park.

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As an independent student newspaper and the paper of record for the city of Berkeley, the Daily Cal has been communicating important updates during this pandemic. Your support is essential to maintaining this coverage. She was Vinograd studied English at UC Berkeley during her undergraduate years. She loved the university. He credits Vinograd with making him a poet during their friendship of more than 30 years. Once, she was at a demonstration, and the negative energy between the protesters and police lay thick in the air.

A couple of the policemen joined her, diffusing the tension. From that moment on, Vinograd took her bubbles with her. Jan Dederick, a newer member of the poetry community, said her first introduction to Vinograd was through her children, who loved the bubbles. In her lifetime, Vinograd published 68 poetry books, along with two CDs and a tape, according to Isaacson.

It is available at Zeitgeist Press, which Julia Vinograd co-founded. She is so emblematic of the life, the urban world of our times, and I think that there is a chance she will be remembered like that. We're an independent, student-run newsroom.


Julia Vinograd, the Berkeley poet known as ‘The Bubble Lady’ dies at 75

Donate Today! The cause was colon cancer, but she died reportedly peacefully. It's the passing of a perversely fruitful, mythically circumscribed, generous creator. I can't remember when I first met Julia; it seems as if I had always known her. There was a period for many years when whenever I had a new poem I'd come to the Med looking for her. She'd show me her new poems—she always had some—and we'd critique each other.


Julia Vinograd

Julia Shalett Vinograd December 11, [1] — December 5, [2] was a poet. She is well known as "The Bubble Lady" to the Telegraph Avenue community of Berkeley, California , a moniker she gained from blowing bubbles at the People's Park demonstrations in She became part of the "street culture" of Berkeley beginning in the s, often called a "street poet". Her work has been included in a number of anthologies, including Berkeley! A Literary Tribute. Her family, including younger sister Deborah, relocated to Southern California when her father joined the faculty of the California Institute of Technology.

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