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.
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 in collaboration with the Poetry Society of America and the Mill Valley Library. It is sure to be packed, so register on the Mill Valley Library website to be sure to get a seat:
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.
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
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.