Season 2: Episode 3- Berkeley's Poet Laureate

This week on Aurora Connects, Josh and Dawn are joined by Rafael Jesus Gonzalez, Aurora Advisory Council member. The City of Berkeley honored him with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015, and he was named the City of Berkeley's first Poet Laureate in 2017. We'll learn more about Gonzalez, his background as a creative writing & literature professor, and his life's work as writer and poet. We'll learn about what brought Gonzalez to the Bay Area, how he founded the Mexican and Latin American Studies Department at Laney College, and about his time as the Poet in Residence at the Oakland Museum of California and the Oakland Public Library.For more information on artists:

To Donate please go to or email Development Coordinator Kendra Johnson,

For Technical Support please email

Send us questions to answer or topics to discuss in future episodes, or ideas for what we can do.

Aurora Theatre Company Staff: Josh Costello, Julie Saltzman Kellner, Dawn Monique Williams, Dayna Kalakau, Cameron Swartzell, Amanda Mason, Betsy Ruck, Dave Shultz, Katherine Sanderlin, Kendra Johnson, Molly Conway


Live Webcast Every Friday at 4pm

Aurora Connects is our weekly live broadcast featuring interviews with Aurora artists, important members of our community, and more. We stream Aurora Connects live on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitch, allowing you to react, comment, ask questions, and engage in real time.

If you are a member and the button below says "Get access for free", make sure to click "Login" in the upper right to be able to join the event.  

Already enrolled?
Sign in to continue learning.