Starting June 1st, most Marin Poetry Center events are held at the Mill Valley Library, 375 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley, California.

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.

We have started asking our guest poets to share with us what they are currently reading. To access this ongoing list, just click reading recommendations.

EMERGENCY ALERT: Anthology Launch POSTPONED due to PG&E power outages.

Due to the PG&E Power Shut Off which is expected to start late in the evening of October 8, the Mill Valley Library will be closed on Thursday, October 10. The Anthology Launch has been rescheduled for Wednesday, October 16, and will be combined with the Poetry Reading with Margaret Gibson & Lisa Rappoport already scheduled for that night. To allow time for the Reading and the Anthology Launch, the event will start at 6:30pm. We look forward to seeing you there, and apologize for any inconvenience.  For more information, please see details below.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 6:30pm
Margaret Gibson & Lisa Rappoport
PLUS Anthology Launch Reading!

Margaret Gibson is the poet laureate of Connecticut and has been short-listed for the National Book Award. Her lyrical and meditative poems celebrate the “sometimes painful, sometimes joyful experience of unfolding Consciousness.” Her books include SignsLong Walks in the Afternoon (which was a Lamont Poetry Selection), The VigilEarth Elegy: New and Selected Poems, One Body, Second Nature, Broken Cup, and the most recently, Not Hearing the Wood Thrush.

Gibson’s honors include a National Endowment for the Arts grant, Connecticut Commission on the Arts grants, a Lila Wallace/Reader’s Digest Teaching Fellowship, a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, and residencies at Yaddo. She is the recipient of a Melville Kane Award from the Poetry Society of America, a James Boatwright III Prize for Poetry, and two Pushcart Prizes. Gibson has taught and held writer-in-residence positions at many universities and colleges, including American University, Elon College, Trinity College, and Reed University. She is professor emerita at the University of Connecticut and lives in Connecticut.

Lisa Rappoport is a poet and fine letterpress printer based in the Bay Area. Her witty, playful, acerbic poems often explore the complex and conflicting emotions of contemporary life. Her newest book, Penumbra, was recently published by Longship Press. Photo credit: Bobbe Besold.

BONUS! RESCHEDULED ANTHOLOGY LAUNCH: Because of PG&E power outages during the planned Anthology celebration, we must move this beloved event to October 16. Join us for the annual publication of MPC’s Anthology, featuring our members’ poems. Poets will be reading their work from the anthology. The theme is “The Wild.” There will be many different voices and a lively reading.

Saturday October 19, at 6:30pm
Marin Poetry Center at Litquake
Faye’s Video, 3614 18th St, San Francisco

Five MPC Board Members read for Litquake! Sandra Cross, Rebecca Foust, Siân Killingsworth, Amanda Moore, and Meryl Natchez. This is MPC’s first San Francisco Litquake event.

Sandra Cross, a retired lawyer, was born in St. Louis and raised in San Francisco. She attended the University of Chicago in the late 60’s and has always been proud to have come of age in the 60’s when rock & roll was born, and rebellion was the language of the streets. Having been in the poetry closet for most of her life, she began taking classes and attending poetry workshops about 6 years ago. She is a regular with the First Thursday group of writers in Stinson Beach, where she has lived for the past 15 years, and for the last few years has written with an international group of poets in an online workshop. Her poems have been published many times in the Marin Poetry Center’s Anthology. She is the current Chair of the Marin Poetry Center.

Rebecca Foust’s books include The Unexploded Ordnance Bin (Swan Scythe Press Chapbook Award) and Paradise Drive (Press 53 Poetry Award), reviewed in the Times Literary Supplement. Recognitions include the CP Cavafy and James Hearst poetry prizes, the Lascaux and American Literary Review fiction prizes, and fellowships from Hedgebrook, MacDowell, and Sewanee. Foust was Marin County Poet Laureate in 2017-19 and works as Poetry Editor for Women’s Voices for Change and as an assistant Editor for Narrative Magazine.

Siân Killingsworth’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Typehouse Literary Journal, Stonecoast Review, Glass: A Journal of Poetry (Poets Resist), Columbia Poetry Review, Mom Egg Review, Oakland Review, and others. She has an MFA in poetry from the New School, where she served on the staff of Lit. She leads a children’s poetry program, “Beatnik Café” for schools and other kids’ groups, and is a current board member of the Marin Poetry Center. Read more about her at

Meryl Natchez’ most recent book is a bilingual volume of translations from the Russian: Poems From the Stray Dog Café: Akhmatova, Mandelstam and Gumilev. She is co-translator of Tadeusz Borowski: Selected Poems. Her book of poems, Jade Suit, appeared in 2001 and her new book is forthcoming from Longship Press in 2020. Her work has appeared in “The American Journal of Poetry,” “Poetry Northwest,” “ZYZZYVA,” “The Pinch Literary Review,” “Atlanta Review,” “Lyric,” “The Moth,” “Comstock Review,” and many others. She is on the board of Marin Poetry Center and you can see her work at

Amanda Moore‘s poetry has appeared in journals and anthologies including ZZYZVA, Cream City Review, Tahoma Literary Review, Best New Poets, and Mamas and Papas: On the Sublime and Heartbreaking Art of Parenting, and she is the recipient of writing awards from The Writing Salon, Brush Creek Arts Foundation, and The Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts. Her essays have appeared or are forthcoming in The Baltimore Review, Hippocampus Magazine, and on the University of Arizona Poetry Center’s blog, and she is a Contributing Poetry Editor at Women’s Voices for Change. She received her MFA in Poetry from Cornell University, where she served as Managing Editor for EPOCH magazine and a lecturer in the John S. Knight Writing Institute. Currently a Board member for the Marin Poetry Center and 2019 Fellow at The Writers Grotto, Amanda is a high school teacher and lives by the beach in the Outer Sunset neighborhood of San Francisco with her husband and daughter. 

Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 4pm
Deborah Landau & Matthew Zapruder
Tara Hall Pittman South Branch Berkeley Library
1901 Russell St., Berkeley

Deborah Landau is director of the Creative Writing Program at New York University. She is the author of Soft TargetsThe Uses of the Body and The Last Usable Hour, both Lannan Literary Selections from Copper Canyon Press; and Orchidelirium, which was selected by Naomi Shihab Nye for the Robert Dana Anhinga Prize for Poetry.

Landau studied at Stanford University, Columbia University, and Brown University, where she was a Jacob K. Javits Fellow and earned a PhD in English and American xd. For many years she co-directed the KGB Bar Monday Night Poetry Series and co-hosted the video interview program Open Book on In 2016, she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Matthew Zapruder is an associate professor in the Saint Mary’s College of California MFA Program in Creative Writing, as well as editor at large for Wave Books. He is the author of several collections of poetry, including Sun BearCome On All You GhostsThe Pajamaist, and American Linden, in addition to his collaborations and translations. His most recent book is Why Poetry, a book of prose about reading poetry for a general audience

Zapruder’s honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Lannan Foundation Residency Fellowship, the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America, and the May Sarton Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has taught at New York University, the New School, the University of California Riverside – Palm Desert Low Residency MFA Program, the University of Massachusetts, Amherst’s Juniper Summer Writing Institute, and at the University of California at Berkeley as the Holloway Fellow.  

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at 7pm
Teen Poetry Reading

Teens from Marin High Schools read and recite their original poetry for a lively and exciting evening at the Mill Valley Library. 

Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 2pm
Meryl Natchez and Amanda Moore

Gearbox Gallery
770 West Grand Ave, #B
Oakland, CA

Introducing Marin Poetry Center’s Bridges to Poetry collaboration with Gearbox Gallery in Oakland! We’re thrilled to feature poets from all across the Bay at this wonderful venue. 

Our first reading will feature Meryl Natchez, an East Bay poet, and Amanda Moore, who is from San Francisco. Keep your eyes open for future readings at Gearbox!

Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at 6:30pm
Jane Hirshfield & Ellery Acres
A Benefit Reading for the Sierra Club
2101 Webster St., 13th Floor, Oakland 

Poems in Defense of Our Planet: Please join us at Sierra Club’s national headquarters in Oakland, CA as we hear two insightful poets read their inspiring work to support Sierra Club’s mission to protect the world we love. Beer, wine, and small bites will be served.

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Jane Hirshfield’s ninth, forthcoming poetry collection is Ledger (Knopf, 2020), centered 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 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.” 

Ellery Akers is the author of two award-winning poetry books, Practicing the Truth and Knocking on the Earth. Her new poetry collection, Swerve: Environmentalism, Feminism, and Resistance, is forthcoming in January from Blue Light Press.  She has won thirteen writing awards, including the Poetry International Prize and an Independent Publisher Book Award. Her poetry has been featured on National Public Radio and has appeared in such journals as Poetry and The New York Times Magazine.  She is also the author of a children’s novel, Sarah’s Waterfall.

Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 7pm
Maurya Simon & Amber Flora Thomas

Maurya Simon is the author of ten volumes of poetry, including Speaking in Tongues, a nominee for the 1990 Pulitzer Prize, Ghost Orchid, which was nominated in 2004 for a National Book Award in Poetry, Cartographies, (Red Hen Press, 2008), and most recently, a limited-edition letterpress book, Questions My Daughters Asked Me, Answers I Never Gave Them (Blackbird Press, 2014). Her novel-in-verse, entitled The Raindrop’s Gospel: The Trials of St. Jerome & St. Paula, was issued by Elixir Press in 2010. In early 2018, Red Hen Press will publish Simon’s tenth volume of poems, The Wilderness: New & Selected Poems, 1980-2016.

She received a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and has been a Fulbright Fellow in India. She has taught at UC Riverside, Caltech, and at the Claremont Colleges and has published 10 books of poetry. Her poetry often combines the natural world with spirituality and metaphysics and her writing is enriched by the classics and art.

Amber Flora Thomas, was born and raised in northern California. She is the author of Eye of Water: Poems (University of Alaska Press, 2012) which was selected by Harryette Mullen as the winner of the 2004 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. Her other books include The Rabbits Could Sing: Poems (University of Alaska Press, 2012) and Red Channel in the Rupture: Poems (Red Hen Press, 2018). Her poetry has appeared in The New England ReviewTin HouseCallalooOrion MagazineAlaska Quarterly ReviewSaranac Review, and Third Coast, as well as Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry, and numerous other journals and anthologies.

Thomas has taught at the Cave Canem annual retreat and the Bread Loaf Environmental Writers Conference. She has received fellowships from Yaddo, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Bread Loaf Writers Conference, and Sewanee Writers Conference. She earned an MFA at Washington University in St. Louis, MO. Currently, she is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. Her three books of poetry reflect the pathos and brutality of living things.

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