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, 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.


Teen Poetry Night
Thursday, December 5, 2019, 7 pm

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.”

Contact Maxine Flasher-Duzgunes ( or Erin Rodoni ( to sign up to perform an original work of poetry.

Monday, December 9, 2019, 6:30 pm
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!


Evie Shockley
Monday, January 13, 2020, 7pm 

Edgehill Mansion in Dominican University 

Tuesday, January 14, 2020, 7pm at Albany 
Cosponsored by Marin Poetry Center

Tony Rinaldo

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, ObsidianThe Black Scholar, Lana Turner: A Journal of Poetry & Opinion, The New Emily Dickinson StudiesNew 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.

Jane Hirshfield
’s ninth, forthcoming poetry collection, Ledger (Knopf, 2020), centers on the crises of climate and biosphere, and on our interconnection with one another and all beings.  She is the founder of #PoetsForScience, a project originating with the first March For Science in D.C. in 2017, and the author of two now-classic books of essays, Nine Gates and Ten Windows. Her honors include fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller foundations and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as the Poetry Center and California Book Awards. The Washington Post has named her “among the modern masters” and the New York Times called her last book, The Beauty, “a deep well of wisdom.”


“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 Malena 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 AlliesI 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.