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.
Marin Poetry Center Summer Traveling Show
June 5 through August 30
Join us all summer long at venues across the Bay Area to hear our members read their work. Featuring groups of no more than 5 poets, each reading lasts approximately 90 minutes. For the full Traveling Show Summer Schedule including dates, times, and venues, click here.
Marin Poetry Center 2018 Anthology Launch
Thursday, September 20, 7pm
The annual event to launch the Marin Poetry Center is always popular. Come join us to start the Marin Poetry Center fall season and read and hear selections from this unique anthology. This is an evening of reconnecting with other members, having a glass of wine, and celebrating our unique anthology.
We will also let you know about exciting new events, partnerships, and venues for our Spring Season.
Hope to see you there!
Thursday October 18, 2018 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Carolyn Miller & Carol Moldaw
Carolyn Miller is a poet and painter living in San Francisco. Route 66 and Its Sorrows, her most recent book of poetry, was published by Terrapin Books in 2017. Two other full-length collections, Light, Moving (2009) and After Cocteau (2002), were published by Sixteen Rivers Press. Miller’s work has appeared The Georgia Review, The Southern Review, Prairie Schooner, and The Gettysburg Review, among other journals, and her awards include the James Boatwright III Prize for Poetry from Shenandoah and the Rainmaker Award from Zone 3.
Carol Moldaw is the author of Beauty Refracted, a poetry collection (Four Way Books 2018); The Widening, a short novel; The Lightning Field, which won The FIELD Prize; and a chapbook, Through the Window, published as Pencereden in Istanbul, in a bi-lingual Turkish-English edition. Moldaw is the recipient of an NEA Creative Writing Fellowship in poetry, a Pushcart Prize, and a Lannan Foundation Marfa Writer’s Residency. Her book So Late, So Soon: New and Selected Poems, was shortlisted for the PEN Southwest Book Award (2011). Moldaw grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and received her undergraduate degree from Harvard College and an M.A. in Creative Writing from Boston University. Moldaw has been on the faculty of the Stonecoast low-residency M.F.A. program,and has conducted residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, taught at the College of Santa Fe and in the MFA program at Naropa University and Bucknell’s Stadler Center for Poetry. In the spring of 2011 she served as the Louis D. Rubin, Jr., Writer-in-Residence at Hollins University. Moldaw teaches privately and lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico with her husband and daughter.
Friday, November 2, 2018 at 7 pm
Robert Hass and Essy Stone
Mill Valley Library
This event is cosponsored by Poetry Society of America and the Mill Valley Library. This is sure to be a packed event, so register on the Mill Valley Library website starting on October 15.
Robert Hass, former United States Poet Laureate, has illumined the poetic landscape with his many books of poetry, translation, and essays. His honors include the National Book Award, and the Pulitzer Prize. His celebrated books of essays include A Little Book on Form: An Exploration Into the Formal Imagination of Poetry and What Light Can Do: Essays on Art, Imagination, and the Natural World, the recipient of the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay. Hass translated many of the works of Czeslaw Milosz, and he edited Selected Poems: 1954-1986 by Tomas Transtromer; The Essential Haiku: Versions of Basho, Buson, and Issa; and Modernist Women Poets: An Anthology (with Paul Ebenkamp). His many honors include the MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, the National Book Critics’ Circle Award (twice), and the Wallace Stevens Award. His poetry is deeply reflective of the California landscape, domestic life, and spiritual awareness. To hear him read or speak is transformative, whether a Haiku from Issa, a mediation from Miłosz, or his own lyric work.
Essy Stone is a PhD student in poetry at the University of Southern California. She holds an MFA from the University of Miami, and recently completed a Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University. Her work has been published in the New Yorker, 32 Poems, and Prairie Schooner. Her first book, What It Done to Us, was awarded the Idaho Prize in Poetry and was published by Lost Horse Press in 2017. For much of her life she supported herself as a waitress. Her work reflects the East Tennessee culture in which she grew up, an often oppressive world, especially for women or minorities. The freshness of her language and imagery reflect and transform that environment just as she has transformed herself.