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, if so this appears in the event details.

 Two opportunities to learn where to publish your work with Amy Holman: Thursday, February 21, and Saturday, February 23

Thursday, February 21, 2019: 7:30pm  

Amy Holman, formerly on the staff of Poets & Writers, is a Pushcart Prize-nominated poet, essayist, and fiction writer, and the author of poetry collections and a writer’s guide. She has been a guest speaker at numerous conferences, writing programs, arts councils, bookstores, and literary centers, including an annual spot at the Bread Loaf Writers Conference since 1995. She was a poetry fellow at the 2015 Quest Writers Conference in Squamish, British Columbia, and a 2013 guest poet for a trip by students at The Masters School to the Ossining Weir. She also frequently teaches poetry workshops at The Hudson Valley Writers Center.

Amy’s one-hour overview introduces poets to a specialized process to determine how to best place your poems belong in the literary marketplace. She will share poems from two different literary journals and two presses to demonstrate her methodology for quickly evaluating editorial style, helping you to match your style of writing to the appropriate publishers and weed out the others. She will share a bit of her own publication story and include a Q&A. This introduction is free. 

Saturday, February 23, 2019: 10am-2pm
Where to Publish Your Wonderful Poetry

For those of you who want a detailed, personalized experience, Marin Poetry Center is offering an in-depth workshop. In this workshop Amy teaches how to figure out where your wonderful poems belong in the literary marketplace, whether in print or online, with literary journals, as chapbooks or full-length collections. She will work with you to organize a personalized publishing notebook that will help in your research, with shortcuts to narrowing down where your poems belong.

Using her practical methodology for evaluating editorial subject and style interests at magazines and presses, she will lead you through the evaluation of several literary journals and small and independent presses, teach you how to describe your writing, and how to present yourself to editors and publishers.

15-minute one-on-one meetings (optional): Amy will read three poems and suggest two magazines to send them as a head start to the research she has taught. Or she converse with you about where to publish a chapbook or collection after reading a description and two poems.

Rebecca Foust, Marin County Poet Laureate and author of Paradise Drive, winner of the Press 53 Award for Poetry, who has taken this workshop has this to say about it:

Amy Holman is the teacher I credit most for getting me on the path to publishing my poems, essays, and short stories in literary journals and magazines. Her model made sense of the morass and provided tools that worked, and continue to work for me and now—11 years later—I still find myself going back to the notes I made while attending her talk at Bread Loaf in 2008. Her approach provides psychological (makes it seem do-able) as well as practical (gives you concrete steps) advice for getting started, and I highly recommend it.

Cost: $120 with one-on-one meeting, $100 for workshop without one-on-one. For details and to register contact:

Registration limited to 12 participants.

Thursday, March 21, 2019: 7:30pm
Lynn Emanuel and Troy Jollimore

Lynn Emanuel is the author of several volumes of poetry. She sees her Hotel Fiesta (1984), The Dig (1992), and Then, Suddenly— (1999) as a triptych exploring the convention and flexibility of the book, and the agency of readers and writers. The Dig received the National Poetry Series Award. Emanuel’s work has also been awarded a Pushcart Prize and has been featured in several Best American Poetry anthologies and the Oxford Book of American Poetry. Her latest work is The Nerve Of It: Poems New and Selected. 

She has received two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Eric Matthieu King Award from the Academy of American Poets. Her recent work, including Noose and Hook (2010), explores violence, the self, and perspective. Noose and Hook includes a long monologue sequence, “The Mongrelogues,” that is told from a dog’s point of view.

Emanuel holds a BA from Bennington College, an MA from City College of New York, where she studied with Adrienne Rich, and an MFA from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She has taught at the Warren Wilson Program in Creative Writing, the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and the University of Pittsburgh.

Troy Jollimore is the author of three books of poetry and three books of philosophy, as well as numerous articles, essays, and reviews. His first collection of poetry, Tom Thomson in Purgatory, won the National Book Critics Circle award in poetry for 2006. His third, Syllabus of Errors, appeared on the New York Times’ list of the best books of poetry published in 2015.

In 2013 he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in poetry. He has also received fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and the Stanford Humanities Center in Palo Alto, California. He is currently a Professor in the Philosophy Department at California State University, Chico

Tuesday, April 16, 2019: 7pm
Erica Jong and Francesca Bell

Kanbar Auditorium, Osher Marin Jewish Community Center
200 N San Pedro Rd, San Rafael

This special event is cosponsored by the Marin JCC and Red Hen Press.

Fear of Flying, Erica Jong’s first and most famous novel, published in 1973, blew conventional thinking about women, marriage and sexuality out of the water, selling over 37 million copies and translated into over 45 languages including Chinese and Arabic. Her novel articulated what women thought but which, through decades of silent complicity with the status quo, was never voiced.

In the four decades since Fear of Flying, she has published over 25 books in 45 languages, including 9 works of fiction as well as celebrated non-fiction volumes. She has switched between fiction, non-fiction and poetry, becoming one of the most evocative poets of her generation with seven published volumes, and winning Poetry magazine’s Bess Hokin Prize.  Her awards include: The Fernanda Pivano award The Sigmund Freud Award, the Deauville Award and The United Nations Award for excellence in literature.

This reading celebrates her new book of poetry, The World Began with Yes, from Red Hen Press. In a dark time, these poems celebrate life.

Francesca Bell’s poems appear in many magazines including B O D Y, burntdistrict, ELLE, Flycatcher, New Ohio Review, North American Review, Poetry Northwest, Prairie Schooner, Rattle, Spillway, Tar River Poetry, and Zone 3. She has been nominated ten times for the Pushcart Prize and won the 2014 Neil Postman Award for Metaphor from Rattle. Her translations, from Arabic and German, appear in Berkeley Poetry Review, Blue Lyra Review, Circumference | Poetry in Translation, Four by Two, Laghoo, and The Massachusetts Review. She co-translated Shatha Abu Hnaish’s book of poems, A Love That Hovers Like a Bedeviling Mosquito (Dar Fadaat, 2017), and Red Hen Press will publish her first collection, Bright Stain, in 2019. She is the former poetry editor of River Styx.

Thursday, April 25, 2019: 7:30pm
Poet Laureate Celebration

Rebecca Foust, outgoing poet laureate of Marin County will host this event, welcoming the new poet laureate and honoring previous poets laureate. The evening will feature brief readings by all. 

Rebecca’s books include Paradise Drive (Press 53 Award), reviewed in the Times Literary Supplement and The San Francisco Chronicle, and the Georgia, Harvard, and Hudson Reviews. The Unexploded Ordnance Bin won the 2018 Swan Scythe chapbook prize and is forthcoming in 2019. Recognitions include the Cavafy and James Hearst Poetry Prizes, the Lascaux and American Literary Review Fiction Prizes, and fellowships from Hedgebrook, MacDowell, and Sewanee. Passionate about literature for everyone, not just the educated elite, and about using it to further social justice, Foust is happy to be able to promote these goals as Marin Poet Laureate and Poetry Editor for the online magazine, Women’s Voices for Change.

Thursday, May 16, 2019: 7:30pm
Sixteen Rivers Anthology Celebration

America, We Call Your Name: Poems of  Resistance and Resilience, was conceived in response to the 2016 presidential election, combines the voices of poets from across America—from red states and blue states, high schools and nursing homes, big cities and small towns—with the voices of poets from other countries and other times. From Virgil and Dante to Claudia Rankine and Mai Der Vang, from Milton to Merwin, from Po Chü-i to Robin Coste Lewis, these voices—now raucous, now muted, now lyric, now plain—join together here in dissent and in praise, in grief and alarm, in vision and hope. Local poets will read selections from this inspiring volume.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019: 7pm
Ilya Kaminsky and Heather Altfeld

Kurland Lounge, Osher Marin Jewish Community Center
200 N San Pedro Rd, San Rafael

This special event is cosponsored by the Marin JCC.

Ilya Kaminsky, a Russian Jewwas born in Odessa (in the former Soviet Union) in 1977 and arrived to the United States in 1993, when his family was granted asylum by the American government. He has been awarded both a Guggenheim Fellowship, and Lannan Foundation’s Literary Fellowship.

His last book, Dancing In Odessa (Tupelo Press), which won the Whiting Writer’s Award, the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Metcalf Award, the Dorset Prize, and the Ruth Lilly Fellowship given annually by Poetry magazine.

Poems from his new manuscript, Deaf Republic, were awarded Poetry magazine’s Levinson Prize and the Pushcart Prize. (Kaminsky lost his hearing at an early age.) Recently, he was on the short-list for Neustadt International Literature Prize. His poems have been translated into numerous languages and his books have been published in many countries including Turkey, Holland, Russia, France, Mexico, Macedonia, Romania, Spain and China, where his poetry was awarded the Yinchuan International Poetry Prize.

Heather Altfeld is a poet and essayist. Her first book of poetryThe Disappearing Theatre, won the Poets at Work Prize, selected by Stephen Dunn. Her poems and essays appear in Conjunctions, Narrative Magazine, Pleiades, Poetry Northwest, The Los Angeles Review, and other literary journals. She currently teaches in the Honors Program and for the Comparative Religion and Humanities Department at California State University, Chico.


The Marin Poetry Center Traveling Show

Details to appear soon on the Traveling Show page.