Marin Poetry Center events are free and open to the public. Unless otherwise noted,  events are held at the Falkirk Cultural Center at 1408 Mission Avenue in San Rafael. Occasionally, events are held in alternate locations and will be noted in the event details.

Friday November 16, 2018,  7:30pm – 9:30pm
Peter LaBerge & Rebecca Foust

Rebecca Foust, the Marin County Poet Laureate, is the author of four books of poetry: Paradise Drive (2015), which won a Poetry Society of Virginia Book Award, a National Indie Excellence Award for Poetry, a San Francisco Book Festival Award for Poetry, and a Royal Dragonfly Award for Poetry; All That Gorgeous Pitiless Song (2010), winner of a Many Mountains Moving Press Book Prize; and God, Seed: Poetry & Art About the Natural World (2010), a collaboration with artist Lorna Stevens that won a Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Award for Poetry. Foust’s chapbooks include Mom’s Canoe (2009) and Dark Card (2008). Foust has held residencies at the MacDowell Colony and the Frost Place, where she was the 2014 Dartmouth poet-in-residence. She is on the board of the Marin Poetry Center, a reader for the Northern California Book Award, and assistant editor of fiction for Narrative magazine. She is an autism activist and a grassroots organizer.

Peter LaBerge is the author of the chapbooks Makeshift Cathedral (YesYes Books, 2017) and Hook (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2015). His recent work appears in Best New Poets, Crazyhorse, Harvard Review, Iowa Review, Pleiades, Tin House, and elsewhere. He is the founder and editor-in-chief of The Adroit Journal, and is the recipient of a fellowship from the Bucknell University Stadler Center for Poetry. He lives in Redwood City, California, where he works as a content marketer.


Tuesday December 18, 2018 at 7 pm
Annual Holiday Party & Readaround

Bring a dish to share and a poem to read for our annual holiday party.

If your last name begins with:

A-H please bring a salad
I-R please bring a main dish
S-Z please bring a dessert

Friday January 19, 2019 at 7:30 pm
David St. John & Jane Mead

David St. John has won many significant prizes, including both the Rome Fellowship and the Award in Literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, the O.B. Hardison Prize for teaching and poetic achievement from the Folger Shakespeare Library, and the George Drury Smith Lifetime Achievement Award from Beyond Baroque.

He is the author of eleven collections of poetry, including Study for the World’s Body (1994), which was nominated for the National Book Award, and more recently the The Auroras (2012), The Window (2014), and The Last Troubadour: Selected and New Poems (2017). St. John is also the author of a volume of essays, interviews and reviews entitled Where the Angels Come Toward Us (1995) and is coeditor of American Hybrid: A Norton Anthology of New Poetry (2009). He teaches at University of Southern California.

Jane Mead is the author of five collections of poetry: The Lord and the General Din of the World (1996), The House of Poured-Out Waters (2001), The Usable Field (2008), Money Money Money Water Water Water (2014), and World of Mad and Unmade (2016). Mead is the recipient of awards and fellowships from the Lannan, Whiting, and Guggenheim foundations. She has taught at Colby College, Washington University, and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and was for many years poet-in-residence at Wake Forest University. Mead is currently on the faculty of the Drew University Low-Residency MFA program.