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. 

The Marin Poetry Center Traveling Show

For details, please visit the Traveling Show page.

Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 7pm
Pádraig Ó Tuama & Matthew Siegal

Pádraig Ó Tuama is a poet and theologian who lives in the north of Ireland. For the last five years he led the Corrylmeela Community,  Ireland’s oldest peace and reconciliation organization. He has been interviewed on Krista Tippet’s On Being. As a gay Irish Catholic man, his poetry deals with questions of language, politics, conflict and faith in the contemporary world.

His books include: The Place Between, Daily Prayer from the Corrymeela Community, In the Shelter, Sorry for your Troubles, and others.  This reading is a rare California appearance for Pádraig.

Matthew Siegel is the author of Blood Work, winner of the Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry from University of Wisconsin-Madison. Blood Work was also released on CB Editions in the U.K. where it was shortlisted for The Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection by the Forward Foundation. Siegel’s poems and essays have appeared in The GuardianIndiana ReviewMid-American ReviewNinth LetterThe RumpusSalt HillSouthern Humanities ReviewTusculum ReviewWashington Square, and elsewhere. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford, he holds a B.A. from Binghamton University and an M.F.A. from University of Houston. Siegel is a member of the general education faculty at San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Born in New York City and raised in nearby Rockland County, NY, he currently lives in San Francisco. 

Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 7pm
2019 Marin Poetry Center Anthology Launch

This event celebrates local poets reading their work from the anthology. The theme is “The Wild.” There will be many different voices and a lively reading.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 7pm
Margaret Gibson & Lisa Rappoport

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 Signs, Long Walks in the Afternoon (which was a Lamont Poetry Selection), The Vigil, Earth 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.

Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 4pm
Deborah Landau and Matthew Zapruder

Tara Hall Pittman South Branch Berkeley Library
1901 Russell St. Berkeley CA

Deborah Landau is director of the Creative Writing Program at New York University. She is the author of Soft Targets; The 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 Bear, Come On All You Ghosts, The 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.

Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 7pm
Maurya Simon and 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 and Read Around
Falkirk Cultural Center

Our annual holiday party at Falkirk is a time for poetry, song and great food. Bring a poem and some holiday food to share. If your last name begins with:

A – G – please bring a desert
H – P – please bring a salad
Q – Z – please bring a main course