Welcome to Marin Poetry Center’s Events! Most events at held at the Mill Valley Library: 375 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley, CA. Occasionally, events may be held in alternate locations, which as noted in the event details. Marin Poetry Center events are free and open to the public. All events at the library are cosponsored by Mill Valley Library.
To view our ongoing list of reading recommendations given by our guest poets, just click reading recommendations.
Forrest Gander & Meryl Natchez
Great Books Poetry Weekend
November 16-17, 2019
250 Oak Grove Ave, Menlo Park, CA
Cosponsored with Great Books San Francisco.
Poetry Weekend focuses on poems that center on language. The Saturday afternoon workshop examines multiple translations of two very different poems. Our guest speakers, Forrest Gander and Meryl Natchez, will guide us through the challenges of translation and answer your questions.
The Poetry Weekend is held at the lovely Vallombrosa Conference Center, located within walking distance of downtown Menlo Park. Double and single rooms are available, each with its own private bathroom. All facilities are located within comfortable walking distance. Four buffet-style meals (lunch and dinner on Saturday; breakfast and lunch on Sunday) are included.
Teen Poetry Night
Tuesday, December 5, 2019 at 7pm
A night for teens recite their original work. Teens from local high schools will perform: “A mic for your poem, your breath, and your soul. A space for your comrades, your thoughts to unroll. Bring paper or not, or perform on the spot, we’re all here to listen to the words that you brought.”
Monday, December 9, 2019 at 6:30pm
Holiday Potluck & Read Around
Falkirk Cultural Center
Our annual holiday party at the Falkirk mansion is a time for poetry, song, and great food. Bring a poem and a holiday dish to share. If your last name begins with:
A – G – please bring a dessert
H – P – please bring a salad
Q – Z – please bring a main course
2020: Happy New Year!
Monday, January 13, 2020, 7pm at Edgehill Mansion in Dominican University
Tuesday, January 14, 2020, 7pm at Albany
Cosponsored by Marin Poetry Center
Evie Shockley is the author of semiautomatic and the new black, both winners of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in Poetry; semiautomatic was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the LA Times Book Prize. Her publications include as well the critical study Renegade Poetics: Black Aesthetics and Formal Innovation in African American Poetry and poems and essays appearing recently and forthcoming in The Paris Review, Kenyon Review, Obsidian, The Black Scholar, Lana Turner: A Journal of Poetry & Opinion, The New Emily Dickinson Studies, New Literary History, and the PoetryNow podcast series. Among her honors are the Stephen Henderson Award, the Holmes National Poetry Prize, and fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and the American Council of Learned Societies. She is Professor of English at Rutgers University, New Brunswick.
Gary Snyder and Jane Hirshfield
Friday, January 17, 2020, 7pm
Cosponsored by Poetry Society of America
Gary Snyder began his career in the 1950s as a noted member of the “Beat Generation,” though he has since explored a wide range of social and spiritual matters in both poetry and prose. Snyder’s work blends physical reality and precise observations of nature with inner insight received primarily through the practice of Zen Buddhism. He has been described as the “poet laureate of Deep Ecology”. Snyder is a winner of a Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and the American Book Award. His awards also include the Bollingen Prize, an American Academy of Arts and Letters award, a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship, the Bess Hokin Prize and the Levinson Prize, the Robert Kirsch Lifetime Achievement Award, the Shelley Memorial Award, and the Ruth Lilly Award.
“Poetry from Prisoners”
Thursday, February 20, 2020, 7pm
We are pleased to present a sampling of “Poetry from Prisoners” incarcerated in California. Readers will include poets Rose Black and Ken Weisner, currently teaching at the Salinas Valley State Prison poetry workshop.
Rose and Ken are also two of the founders of Right to Write Press – Promoting the growth of emerging writers incarcerated in California State prisons.
Anders Carlson-Wee and Maria Gillam
Thursday, March 19, 2020, 7pm
Anders Carlson-Wee is the author of The Low Passions, published by W.W. Norton in 2019. His work has appeared in The Paris Review, BuzzFeed, Ploughshares, Virginia Quarterly Review, Poetry Daily, The Sun, Best New Poets, The Best American Nonrequired Reading, and many other publications. The recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the McKnight Foundation, the Camargo Foundation, Bread Loaf, Sewanee, and the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference, he is the winner of the 2017 Poetry International Prize. His work has been translated into Chinese. Anders holds an MFA from Vanderbilt University and lives in Cincinnati.
Maria Mazziotti Gillan is winner of the 2014 George Garrett Award for Outstanding Community Service in Literature from AWP, the 2011 Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award from Poets & Writers, and the 2008 American Book Award for her book All That Lies Between Us. She is the Founder/Executive Director of the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College, editor of the Paterson Literary Review, and has been appointed a Bartle Professor at Binghamton University-SUNY, and Professor Emerita of English and Creative Writing. She has published 23 books including Paterson Light and Shadow and What Blooms in Winter.
Ellen Bass and Marlene Mörling
Thursday, April 16, 2020, 7pm
Ellen Bass’s poetry includes Indigo (Copper Canyon Press, forthcoming 2020) Like a Beggar (Copper Canyon Press, 2014), The Human Line (Copper Canyon Press, 2007), and Mules of Love (BOA, 2002). She co-edited, with Florence Howe, the first major anthology of women’s poetry, No More Masks! An Anthology of Poems by Women (Doubleday, 1973). Her poetry has appeared frequently in The New Yorker, The American Poetry Review, and many other journals. Among her awards are Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and The California Arts Council, three Pushcart Prizes, The Lambda Literary Award, The Pablo Neruda Prize, The Larry Levis Prize and the New Letters Prize. Her nonfiction books include Free Your Mind: The Book for Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Youth and Their Allies, I Never Told Anyone: Writings by Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse, and The Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse. She is a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and teaches in the MFA writing program at Pacific University.
Malena Mörling was born in Stockholm in 1965 and grew up in southern Sweden. She is the author of two books of poetry: Ocean Avenue and Astoria. She has also published translations of work by Nobel Laureate Tomas Tranströmer and together with Jonas Ellerström, a collection of the Finland-Swedish poet Edith Södergran, On Foot I Wandered Through the Solar Systems, the collection 1933 by Philip Levine into Swedish, and they have edited and translated the anthology, The Star By My Head, Poets From Sweden published by Milkweed Editions. Mörling has received a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, a Lannan Literary Fellowship and a Dianna L. Bennett Fellowship from the Beverly Rogers, Carol C. Harter Black Mountain Institute. She is a Professor of Creative Writing at The University of North Carolina, Wilmington and is teaching as Hugo Poet and Visiting Professor at University of Montana for the 2019-2020 school year.