Current Poet Laureate 

Introducing EL CERRITO POET LAUREATE Eevelyn Mitchell


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El Cerrito resident Eevelyn Mitchell was selected to serve as the City's third Poet Laureate (2021-2023). Eevelyn Janean Mitchell is cultured, creative and charismatic with the way she travels the roads of life's journey. She was born and raised in El Cerrito, California and courageous enough to move to the Chicagoland area by herself. She lived in the artistry of its culture for 20 years, exploring the lessons, long hours, and benefits of entrepreneurial life. The diversity of the Bay Area cultivated her respect for others and allowed her to experience the beauty in everyone's differences.

Professionally, Mrs. Mitchell’s passions for cosmetology and poetry have allowed her to travel the world sharing and teaching her crafts. From California to Nairobi, Kenya and many places in between, healthy hair and spoken word are affectionately intertwined being a catalyst for her to express her love of people and community.

Eevelyn is a lifelong member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. She is also a mentor to the young and serves as the Superintendent for Sunday School at her church, St. Peter CME. She is an active committee member of the El Cerrito MLK March and Rally and the EC NAACP Branch. Unity within our community is Mrs. Mitchell’s heart's desire. Eevelyn practices and enjoys the calming effect of the Vipassana meditation technique. Love and compassion are her philosophy for life. Intrigued with the experiences of our “New Normals'', Eevelyn Janean unconditionally and intentionally loves spending time with her family and enjoying the electrifying new hobby of bike riding.

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