Photo: Courtesy Debbie Vinograd 2of2Julia Vinograd, a Berkeley poet known as the Bubble Lady, sold roughly , books, hand to hand, her publisher said. The author of 68 collections of verse, Vinograd had taken ill at her University Avenue apartment on Oct. She never made the reading and never made it out of the hospital. The cause of death was colon cancer, said Bruce Isaacson, her publisher and a longtime friend. She was
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Julia Vinograd in her home. Photo: John Storey Julia Vinograd died last night. Her studies focused on poetry. Photo: Richard Misrach. Telegraph Avenue was her stomping ground, her nation. She lived at the Berkeley Inn and spent her days at the Caffe Med, drinking coffee and watching the world pass by.
I was in total culture shock. I scuttled around with my mouth and my notebook both open, staring at what I saw and trying to write everything down at once. I forgot about writing styles and just wrote. She was called a street poet. I am not sure what that means unless it means that she wrote about the street in the figurative sense of the lower socioeconomic strata. She wrote 50 volumes of poetry, much of which is about Berkeley. She probably could only have existed in Berkeley.
Street Spices by Julia Vinograd. She lived right on Telegraph Avenue, the artery that bled so profusely on May In a moment that evoked Allen Ginsberg, Vinograd bought some bubble soap and went to Telegraph Avenue to blow bubbles.
It set a tone. It helped defuse. And she did it for the rest of her life. She was known to generations of Cal students simply as The Bubble Lady. Get Berkeleyside headlines delivered to your inbox. Photo of painting by John Storey. Julia Vinograd made real for us those who are wanting and lacking and forgotten and invisible. See video below. When Vinograd was diagnosed with cancer, her friends started a Go Fund Me campaign to raise funds for her medical care. Poets, writers and friends also came together on Nov.
There were five green marbles. Julia told Debbie stories about the marbles. Debbie, came to Berkeley in to see her big sister Julia and stayed, painting as Julia wrote poetry. Debbie sat with Julia the night she died. Somewhere in that room were Ming and the five marbles. Help us keep you informed in difficult times Berkeleyside relies on reader support so we can remain free to access for everyone in our community.
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Julia Vinograd, Berkeley poet known as the Bubble Lady, dies
Julia Vinograd, the Berkeley poet known as ‘The Bubble Lady’ dies at 75