Events History


Tuesday, June 4, 2019: 7pm
Ilya Kaminsky and Heather Altfeld

Kurland Lounge, Osher Marin Jewish Community Center
200 N San Pedro Rd, San Rafael

 Ilya Kaminskya Russian Jewwas born in Odessa (in the former Soviet Union) in 1977 and arrived to the United States in 1993, when his family was granted asylum by the American government. He has been awarded both a Guggenheim Fellowship, and Lannan Foundation’s Literary Fellowship.

His last book, Dancing In Odessa (Tupelo Press), which won the Whiting Writer’s Award, the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Metcalf Award, the Dorset Prize, and the Ruth Lilly Fellowship given annually by Poetry magazine.

Poems from his new manuscript, Deaf Republic, were awarded Poetry magazine’s Levinson Prize and the Pushcart Prize. (Kaminsky lost his hearing at an early age.) Recently, he was on the short-list for Neustadt International Literature Prize. His poems have been translated into numerous languages and his books have been published in many countries including Turkey, Holland, Russia, France, Mexico, Macedonia, Romania, Spain and China, where his poetry was awarded the Yinchuan International Poetry Prize.

Heather Altfeld is a poet and essayist. Her first book of poetry, The Disappearing Theatre, won the Poets at Work Prize, selected by Stephen Dunn. Her poems and essays appear in Conjunctions, Narrative Magazine, Pleiades, Poetry Northwest, The Los Angeles Review, and other literary journals. She currently teaches in the Honors Program and for the Comparative Religion and Humanities Department at California State University, Chico.

Saturday, June 1, 2019: 2 – 4 pm
“Voices of the Heart”

An Intergenerational Poetry Reading
Cosponsored by Marin Poetry Center
Town Center Community Room, Suite 201
770 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera

Marin Villages invites you to an inspirational reading featuring poets ages 7 – 70.  Readers include MPC members Prartho Sereno, Rebecca Foust, and Siân Killingsworth.  An open mic will follow the formal reading.Marin Villages is celebrating 10 years of helping older adults stay active and productive in their own homes.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019: 7pm
Memorial Tribute to Linda Gregg

Garden Room, Edgehill Mansion
Cosponsored by Dominican University

This tribute celebrates Linda Gregg’s life and work, with poems and stories from poets and friends. Robert Hass, Brenda Hillman, Forrest Gander, Jane Hirshfield and others will gather to read and speak about Linda. Refreshments will be served.

If you plan to attend and/or read, please RSVP to so we can plan appropriately. Doors open at 6:30, event starts at 7. For directions and a map of Dominican University campus, click HERE. The Mansion is on the far right, just below Edgehill Village.

Linda was raised in Marin County, went to Francis Drake high school and earned her BA and an MA from San Francisco State University. Her books include In the Middle Distance (2006); All of It Singing: New and Selected Poems (2008), a Los Angeles Times Favorite Book of 2008 and winner of the Poetry Society of America’s William Carlos Williams Award; The Poets & Writers’ Jackson Prize; Things and Flesh (1999), finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Award for Poetry; Chosen by the Lion (1995); Sacraments of Desire (1992); Alma (1985); and Too Bright to See (1981).

Access the video recording of the memorial (two parts) here:
Part 1
Part 2

Thursday, May 16, 2019: 7:30pm
Sixteen Rivers Anthology Celebration

America, We Call Your Name: Poems of  Resistance and Resilience, was conceived in response to the 2016 presidential election, combines the voices of poets from across America—from red states and blue states, high schools and nursing homes, big cities and small towns—with the voices of poets from other countries and other times.

From Virgil and Dante to Claudia Rankine and Mai Der Vang, from Milton to Merwin, from Po Chü-i to Robin Coste Lewis, these voices—now raucous, now muted, now lyric, now plain—join together here in dissent and in praise, in grief and alarm, in vision and hope. Local poets will read selections from this inspiring volume.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019: 6:30pm
30th Annual High School Poetry Anthology
“Sand & Salt Water”

A reception, reading, and presentation of 55 high school poets by Marin County Poet Laureate Terry Lucas. Marin Poetry Center extends its deepest gratitude to anthology editor Jayne McPherson, to the others who helped create the anthology and event, and also to The Marin School for hosting it. Copies of the anthology “Sand & Salt Water” will be available at future Third Thursday events.

Thursday, April 25, 2019: 7:30pm
Poet Laureate Celebration

Previous Poets Laureate read and welcome Terry Lucas as the 2019 Marin County Poet Laureate. He is the author of two full-length poetry collections, Dharma Rain (Saint Julian Press, 2016), and In This Room (CW Books, 2016). His two prize-winning chapbooks are Altar Call (San Gabriel Valley Literary Festival, 2013), and If They Have Ears to Hear (Southeastern Missouri University Press, 2013), winner of the 2012 Copperdome Chapbook Award. His poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in numerous national journals, including Best New Poets 2012, Columbia Poetry Review, Crab Orchard Review, Great River Review, Green Mountains Review, MiPOesias, and most recently, Alaska Quarterly Review, Naugatuck River Review, and Open: Journal of Arts & Letters. His essay, “The Crack in Everything, Metaphor and Love in the Poetry of Alicia Ostriker,” was published this month on the companion website Everywoman Her Own Theology: On the Poetry of Alicia Suskin Ostriker (University of Michigan Press, 2018). Terry is a regular guest speaker, panelist, and reader for the Dominican University Low-Residency MFA Program, as well as a free-lance poetry coach.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019: 7pm
Erica Jong and Francesca Bell

Kanbar Auditorium, Osher Marin Jewish Community Center
200 N San Pedro Rd, San Rafael

This special event is cosponsored by the Marin JCC and Red Hen Press.

Fear of FlyingErica Jong’s first and most famous novel, published in 1973, blew conventional thinking about women, marriage, and sexuality out of the water, selling over 37 million copies and translated into over 45 languages including Chinese and Arabic. Her novel articulated what women thought but which, through decades of silent complicity with the status quo, was never voiced.

In the four decades since Fear of Flying, she has published over 25 books in 45 languages, including 9 works of fiction as well as celebrated non-fiction volumes. She has switched between fiction, non-fiction and poetry, becoming one of the most evocative poets of her generation with seven published volumes, and winning Poetry magazine’s Bess Hokin Prize.  Her awards include: The Fernanda Pivano award The Sigmund Freud Award, the Deauville Award and The United Nations Award for excellence in literature.

This reading celebrates her new book of poetry, The World Began with Yes, from Red Hen Press. In a dark time, these poems celebrate life.

Francesca Bell’s poems appear in many magazines including B O D Y, burntdistrict, ELLE, Flycatcher, New Ohio Review, North American Review, Poetry Northwest, Prairie Schooner, Rattle, Spillway, Tar River Poetry, and Zone 3. She has been nominated ten times for the Pushcart Prize and won the 2014 Neil Postman Award for Metaphor from Rattle. Her translations, from Arabic and German, appear in Berkeley Poetry Review, Blue Lyra Review, Circumference | Poetry in Translation, Four by Two, Laghoo, and The Massachusetts Review. She co-translated Shatha Abu Hnaish’s book of poems, A Love That Hovers Like a Bedeviling Mosquito (Dar Fadaat, 2017), and Red Hen Press will publish her first collection, Bright Stain, in 2019. She is the former poetry editor of River Styx.

Thursday, March 21, 2019: 7:30pm
Lynn Emanuel and Troy Jollimore

Lynn Emanuel is the author of several volumes of poetry. She sees her Hotel Fiesta (1984), The Dig (1992), and Then, Suddenly— (1999) as a triptych exploring the convention and flexibility of the book, and the agency of readers and writers. The Dig received the National Poetry Series Award. Emanuel’s work has also been awarded a Pushcart Prize and has been featured in several Best American Poetry anthologies and the Oxford Book of American Poetry. Her latest work is The Nerve Of It: Poems New and Selected.  

She has received two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Eric Matthieu King AWard from the Academy of American Poets. Her recent work, including Noose and Hook (2010), explores violence, the self, and perspective. Noose and Hook includes a long monologue sequence, “The Mongrelogues,” that is told from a dog’s point of view.

Emanuel holds a BA from Bennington College, an MA from City College of New York, where she studied with Adrienne Rich, and an MFA from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She has taught at the Warren Wilson Program in Creative Writing, the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and the University of Pittsburgh.

Troy Jollimore is the author of three books of poetry and three books of philosophy, as well as numerous articles, essays, and reviews. His first collection of poetry, Tom Thomson in Purgatory, won the National Book Critics Circle award in poetry for 2006. His third, Syllabus of Errors, appeared on the New York Times’ list of the best books of poetry published in 2015.

In 2013 he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in poetry. He has also received fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and the Stanford Humanities Center in Palo Alto, California. He is currently a Professor in the Philosophy Department at California State University, Chico.

Amy Holman Workshop: Where to Publish Your Work  
Thursday, February 21, 2019

Amy Holman, formerly on the staff of Poets & Writers, is a Pushcart Prize-nominated poet, essayist, and fiction writer, and the author of poetry collections and a writer’s guide. She has been a guest speaker at numerous conferences, writing programs, arts councils, bookstores, and literary centers, including an annual spot at the Bread Loaf Writers Conference since 1995. She was a poetry fellow at the 2015 Quest Writers Conference in Squamish, British Columbia, and a 2013 guest poet for a trip by students at The Masters School to the Ossining Weir. She also frequently teaches poetry workshops at The Hudson Valley Writers Center.

David St. John & Susan Terris
Friday, January 18, 2019

Photo of poet David St. JohnDavid St. John has been honored, over the course of his career, with many of the most significant prizes for poets, 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). David St. John has written libretti for the opera, THE FACE, and for the choral symphony, THE SHORE. He lives in Venice Beach, California.

Susan Terris has written poetry since she was an undergraduate in classes being taught by Richard Wilbur, David Ferry, and Philip Booth.

Her poetry books include Familiar Tense, Take Two: Film Studies, Memos,Ghosts of Yesterday: New & Selected Poems. and many others. Her work has appeared in many publications including: The Iowa Review, Georgia Review, FIELD, Arts & Letters, The Journal, Colorado Review, Prairie Schooner, Spillway, The Southern Review,Volt, Denver Quarterly, and Ploughshares. She had a poem from FIELD published in PUSHCART PRIZE XXXI. A poem from MEMOS – “Memo to the Former Child Prodigy,” which appeared in the Denver Quarterly, was selected by Sherman Alexie for Best American Poetry 2015. Susan Terris has written poetry since she was an undergraduate in classes being taught by Richard Wilbur, David Ferry, and Philip Booth.


Friday, November 2, 2018
Robert Hass and Essy Stone
Mill Valley Library

This event was presented in collaboration with the Poetry Society of America and the Mill Valley Library. Over 300 people attended, a lively and engaged audience for poetry!

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 TranstromerThe 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 Yorker32 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.

Thursday October 18, 2018
Carolyn Miller & Carol Moldaw

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.

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.

Thursday, September 27, 2018 at 7 pm
Marcello Hernandez Castillo
Dominican University
Cosponsored by Marin Poetry Center

Marcelo Hernandez Castillo is a poet, essayist, translator, and immigration advocate. He is the author of Cenzontle, which was chosen by Brenda Shaughnessy as the winner of the 2017 A. Poulin, Jr. published by BOA editions in 2018. His first chapbook, DULCE, was chosen by Chris Abani as the winner of the Drinking Gourd Poetry Prize published by Northwestern University press. His memoir, Children of the Land is forthcoming from Harper Collins in 2020. His work has appeared or been featured in The New York Times, The Paris Review, PBS Newshour, Fusion TV, Buzzfeed, Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts, New England Review, and Indiana Review, among others. He lives in Marysville, California, with his wife and son.

Marin Poetry Center 2018 Anthology Launch
Thursday, September 20, 7pm

The annual event to launch the Marin Poetry Center is always popular. It starts the Marin Poetry Center fall season, Members read and hear selections from this unique anthology. This is an evening of reconnecting with other members with a glass of wine, some cake, and the launch of our unique anthology.

Marin Poetry Center Summer Traveling Show

June 5 through August 30

Readings us all summer long at venues across the Bay Area to hear our members read their work. Featuring groups of no more than 5 poets, each reading lasts approximately 90 minutes. Full details are on the Programs page.

June 4-11, 2018

Workshops & Readings at Dominican University

Cosponsored by Marin Poetry Center

workshops 4:30 – 5:30pm; readings 7 – 8 pm

Garden Room, Edgehill Mansion
50 Acacia Avenue,  San Rafael, CA 94901

Marin Poetry Center is cosponsoring the public workshops and readings that are part of Dominican University’s low-residency MFA summer program. Readers include Ellery Akers, Ellen Bass, Rebecca Foust, Judy Halebsky and many others. All events take place in the Garden Room of Edgehill Mansion, 75 Magnolia Avenue, San Rafael, CA. A day pass is $30, or a pass for the entire series is $180.  All funds go to the Dominican MFA Scholarship Program.

Thursday May 31, 2018 7 – 9 pm

William Brewer, poems about addiction

Mill Valley Library
Cosponsored by Marin Poetry Center

These moving and dramatic poems tackle the pain of the opioid addiction in West Virginia, how it affects family, addicts and the community. Brewer manages to infuse the poems with beauty and hope as well as speaking in the many voices of the epidemic.

Rooted in the physical and spiritual landscape of West Virginia, the poems focus on the small town of Oceana (nicknamed Oxyana for the record number of overdoses there), Oceana acts as a stand-in for West Virginia as a whole, which has the highest OD rate in the country. The poems are at once dreamlike and visceral, and the images in it draw on the beauty and pain of a West Virginia that is, in Brewer’s words “last on every list,” a state that people in the nation’s capital, only a few hours away, barely acknowledge and clearly don’t care much about.

William Brewer’s book, I Know Your Kind (Milkweed Editions, 2017) was the winner of the National Poetry Series. His work has appeared in Boston ReviewThe Iowa ReviewNarrative (where it was awarded the 30 Below Prize), ZYZZYVA, New England Review, The New Yorker, and other journals. Currently a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, he was born and raised in West Virginia. For more about William Brewer, see the PBS segment or the ZYZZYVA interview.

Saturday May 19, 2018 10:00am – 2:00pm
Workshop with Dorianne Laux: What makes a poem memorable?

Dave Smith says it’s “A sharp, memorable, confident use of language which releases feeling, and keeps releasing it with repeated readings.” Naomi Shihab Nye says for her it is “Love and care for elemental details, for chosen words and their simple arrangement on the page… and a way of ending that leaves a new resonance or a lit spark in the reader or listener’s mind….”  This workshop/study group will consist of reading the work of established poets, and creating new drafts. We’ll take a close look at a variety of dazzling poems written by contemporary poets and seek to understand what makes them memorable.  We will practice imitation as a striving toward writing our own unforgettable poems with an in-class prompt and take home exercise.

Thursday May 17, 2018  7:30pm – 9:30pm
Dorianne Laux & Joshua Mensch

Dorianne Laux‘s most recent collections are The Book of Men, winner of the Paterson Poetry Prize and Facts about the Moon, winner of the Oregon Book Award. Laux is also author of Awake, What We Carry, and Smoke from BOA Editions. Only As The Day Is Long, her new and selected poems, is forthcoming from W.W. Norton.   She teaches poetry in the MFA Program at North Carolina State University and is founding faculty at Pacific University’s Low Residency MFA Program.

Joshua Mensch is a poet, visual artist, and a founding editor of the online literary journal B O D Y. His poetry has appeared in several magazines, including Plume, Brick, The Collagist, and Smartish Pace. His first book of poetry, Because, a lyric memoir, will be published by W. W. Norton in 2018. He lives in Prague, Czech Republic.

Friday May 11, 2018  7:00 – 9:00pm
Poetry World Series, Mill Valley Library
Cosponsored by Marin Poetry Center

This fun poetry event features Daniel Handler as emcee, celebrity judges Lee Herrick and Molly Giles, and rising Marin Poets: Tongo Eisen-Martin, Kathleen Winter, Maw Shein Win, Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, Arisa White and Kai Carlson-Wee. Hosted by Rebecca Foust, Marin Poet Laureate.

Tuesday April 24, 2018  7:00pm – 9:00pm
Copper Canyon Press Reading

This reading, featuring four wonderful poets with new collections from Copper Canyon Press, is a collaboration between Marin Poetry Center and the Mill Valley Library. Location: Mill Valley Library, 375 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley.

Dana Levin fourth book is Banana Palace (Copper Canyon Press, 2016). Previous collections include In the Surgical Theatre and Sky Burial, which The New Yorker called “utterly her own and utterly riveting.” Recent poetry and essays have appeared in Best American Poetry 2015, Poem-a-day, Boston Review, and Poetry. Levin is a grateful recipient of honors from the National Endowment for the Arts, PEN, the Witter Bynner Foundation and the Library of Congress, as well as the Rona Jaffe, Whiting, and Guggenheim Foundations. She serves as Distinguished Writer in Residence at Maryville University in St. Louis.

Dean Rader published three books in 2017: Self-Portrait as Wikipedia Entry (Copper Canyon Press); Suture, a collection of collaborative sonnets written with Simone Muench (Black Lawrence) and the anthology Bullets Into Bells: Poets and Citizens Respond to Gun Violence, with Brian Clements & Alexandra Teague (Beacon Press). He writes regularly for The San Francisco Chronicle, Ploughshares, The Kenyon Review, and The Huffington Post and is a professor at The University of San Francisco. In their review of Self-Portrait as Wikipedia EntryPublishers Weekly wrote: “few poets capture the contradictions of our national life with as much sensitivity or keenness.”

Melissa Stein is the author of Terrible Blooms (Copper Canyon Press, 2018). Her debut collection, Rough Honey, won the APR/Honickman First Book Prize selected by Mark Doty. Her poems have appeared in Ploughshares, New England Review, Tin House, The Southern Review, Best New Poets, and others, and she has received fellowships from the NEA, Bread Loaf, Yaddo, and MacDowell. She is a freelance editor and writer in San Francisco.

Javier Jose Zamora was born in El Salvador and migrated to the US when he was nine. He is a 2016-2018 Wallace Stegner Fellow and holds fellowships from CantoMundo, Colgate University, MacDowell, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Yaddo. The recipient of the 2016 Barnes and Noble Writer for Writer’s Award, his poems appear or are forthcoming in APR, Ploughshares, Poetry, The Kenyon Review, The New Republic, and elsewhere. His first poetry collection is forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press Fall 2017.

Thursday April 19, 2018  7:30pm – 9:30pm
Alexis Rhone Fancher & D.A. Powell


Alexis Rhone Fancher is a professionally trained theatre actress who gave it all up for poetry. She is the author of How I Lost My Virginity To Michael Cohen and other heart stab poems (2014), State of Grace: The Joshua Elegies (2015), and her latest erotic collection, Enter Here (2017). She is published in Best American Poetry 2016, Rattle, Slipstream, Plume, Nashville Review, Diode, Glass, Tinderbox, and elsewhere. Her photos are published worldwide, including the covers of Witness, Heyday, The Chiron Review, and Nerve Cowboy. A multiple Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee, Alexis is poetry editor of Cultural Weekly. She lives in Los Angeles.

D.A. Powell is the author of five collections, including Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys which received the National Book Critics Circle Award in poetry. His honors include the Kingsley Tufts Prize in Poetry, the Shelley Memorial Prize, and an Arts & Letters Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts & Letters, as well as fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Critic Steph Burt, writing in the New York Times, said of D. A. Powell, “No accessible poet of his generation is half as original, and no poet as original is this accessible.”  A former Briggs-Copeland Lecturer in Poetry at Harvard University, Powell has taught at Stanford, Columbia, University of Texas at Austin, University of Iowa’s Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and Davidson College. He is a Professor at University of San Francisco and lives in San Francisco. Powell’s most recent book is Repast: Tea, Lunch & Cocktails, a reissue of his first three collections with an introduction by novelist David Leavitt.

Thursday March 15, 2018  7:30pm – 9:30pm
Cheryl Dumesnil & Allison Joseph

Cheryl Dumesnil‘s books include two collections of poems, Showtime at the Ministry of Lost Causes and In Praise of Falling (winner of the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize and the Golden Crown Literary Society Prize for Poetry); a memoir, Love Song for Baby X: How I Stayed (Almost) Sane on the Rocky Road to Parenthood; and the anthology Dorothy Parker’s Elbow: Tattoos on Writers, Writers on Tattoos, co-edited with Kim Addonizio. A freelance writer, editor, and writing coach, she lives in Walnut Creek with her two sons and her partner, Sarah.

Allison Joseph lives, writes, and teaches in Carbondale, Illinois, where she is part of the creative writing faculty at Southern Illinois University. She serves as editor and poetry editor of Crab Orchard Review, moderator of the Creative Writers Opportunities List, and director of Writers in Common, a summer writers conference for writers of all ages. Her new chapbook press, No Chair Press, will launch in 2018.

Her books and chapbooks include What Keeps Us Here (Ampersand Press), Soul Train (Carnegie Mellon University Press), In Every Seam (University of Pittsburgh Press), Worldly Pleasures (Word Tech Communications), Imitation of Life (Carnegie Mellon UP), Voice: Poems (Mayapple Press), My Father’s Kites (Steel Toe Books), Trace Particles (Backbone Press), Little Epiphanies (Imaginary Friend Press), Mercurial (Mayapple Press), Mortal Rewards (White Violet Press), Multitudes (Word Poetry), The Purpose of Hands (Glass Lyre Press), Corporal Muse (Sibling Rivalry Press), Double Identity (Singing Bone Press) and What Once You Loved (Barefoot Muse Press). She is the literary partner and wife of poet and editor Jon Tribble.

Thursday February 15, 2018  7:30pm – 9:30pm
John Murillo & Nicole Sealey

John Murillo is the author of the poetry collection, Up Jump the Boogie, finalist for both the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the Pen Open Book Award. His honors include a Pushcart Prize and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Cave Canem Foundation, and the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. He teaches at Hampshire College and New York University.

Nicole Sealey was born in St. Thomas, U.S.V.I. and raised in Apopka, Florida. She is the author of Ordinary Beast, forthcoming from Ecco in fall 2017, and The Animal After Whom Other Animals Are Named, winner of the 2015 Drinking Gourd Chapbook Poetry Prize. Her other honors include an Elizabeth George Foundation Grant, the Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize from The American Poetry Review, a Daniel Varoujan Award and the Poetry International Prize, as well as fellowships from CantoMundo, Cave Canem, MacDowell Colony and the Poetry Project. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker and elsewhere. Nicole holds an MLA in Africana Studies from the University of South Florida and an MFA in creative writing from New York University. She is the executive director at Cave Canem Foundation, Inc.

Thursday January 18, 2018  7:30pm – 9:30pm
Martha Ronk & Brian Turner

Martha Ronk is the author of eleven books of poetry, including Ocular Proof (Omnidawn), 2016, Transfer of Qualities (Omnidawn), long-listed for the National Poetry Award, Partially Kept, published by Nightboat Books, Vertigo, a National Poetry Series selection published by Coffee House Press, In a landscape of having to repeat, a PEN USA best poetry book published by Omnidawn Press, and Why/Why Not from UC Press. She has also published a quasi-memoir, Displeasures of the Table, from Green Integer, and a collection of stories, Glass Grapes and Other Stories, BOA Editions. She has had several residencies at Djerassi and MacDowell, is an NEA recipient, and is the Irma and Jay Price Emeritus Professor of English at Occidental College in Los Angeles.

Brian Turner is a poet and memoirist who served seven years in the US Army. He is the author of two poetry collections, Phantom Noise and Here, Bullet, which won the 2005 Beatrice Hawley Award, the New York Times “Editor’s Choice” selection, the 2006 PEN Center USA “Best in the West” award, the 2007 Poets Prize, and others. Turner’s work has been published in National Geographic, The New York Times, Poetry Daily, Harper’s Magazine, and other fine journals. Turner has been awarded a United States Artists Fellowship, an NEA Fellowship, a Lannan Foundation Fellowship, and more. His recent memoir, My Life as a Foreign Country, has been called, “achingly, disturbingly, shockingly beautiful.”


Thursday December 21, 2017  6:30pm – 9:30pm
Annual Holiday Potluck / Read-Around

Potluck is at 6:30. Reading is at 7:30. Come celebrate the holidays in poetry style! Bring a poem (25 lines max!). And a dish to share. By last initial:

A – H: Main Dish       I – P: Dessert       Q – Z: Salad

Thursday November 16 7:30PM – 9:30 PM
Julia Bouwsma & Tess Taylor

Julia BousmaJulia Bouwsma lives off-the-grid in the mountains of western Maine, where she is a poet, farmer, freelance editor, critic, and small-town librarian. She is the author of Midden (Fordham University Press, forthcoming 2018) and Work by Bloodlight (Cider Press Review, 2017). Her poems and book reviews appear in Bellingham Review, Colorado Review, Muzzle, Salamander, RHINO, River Styx, and other journals. She is the recipient of the 2016-17 Poets Out Loud Prize, the 2015 Cider Press Review Book Award, and residencies from the Virginia Center for Creative Arts and the Vermont Studio Center. A former Managing Editor for Alice James Books, Bouwsma currently serves as Book Review Editor for Connotation Press: An Online Artifact and as Library Director for Webster Library in Kingfield, Maine.

Tess Taylor‘s chapbook, The Misremembered World, was selected by Eavan Boland for the Poetry Society of America’s inaugural chapbook fellowship. The San Francisco Chronicle called her first book, The Forage House, “stunning” and it was a finalist for the Believer Poetry Award. Her second book, Work & Days, was called “our moment’s Georgic” by critic Steph Burt and was named one of the 10 best books of poetry of 2016 by the New York Times. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, Boston Review, Harvard Review, The Times Literary Supplement, and other places. Taylor has received awards and fellowships from MacDowell, Headlands Center for the Arts, and The International Center for Jefferson Studies. Taylor currently chairs the poetry committee of the National Book Critics Circle and is the on-air poetry reviewer for NPR’s All Things Considered. She was most recently a Distinguished Fulbright US Scholar at the Seamus Heaney Centre at Queen’s University in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Saturday, October 21, 2017  10:00am – 4:00pm
Extraordinary Seeing: A Poetry Workshop with Diana Goetsch

Often the act of writing poetry is regarded as “lofty,” an endeavor requiring profound insight, else why even attempt it? But insight is not what goes into writing a poem, rather, it is what comes out of it.

What goes into a poem is work. Just as, when climbing a mountain, we first need to do some work (climbing) before it is possible to stop and take in the view (insight), poems need to be worked before they can yield insight. That insight, the trustworthy view we end up with, which is nothing we could have begun with, is known as extraordinary seeing.

In this workshop participants will be shown innovative and delightful ways to compose and revise poems, in order to lay the ground for extraordinary seeing. We will have time to start some new poems, and also get feedback on something we’ve brought in.

Cost: $100/125/150, sliding scale
Location: private home in Novato
Duration: 10am – 4pm

Thursday, October 19, 2017  7:30pm – 9:30pm
Thomas Centolella & Diana Goetsch

Thomas Centolella is the author of four collections of poetry. The most recent, Almost Human, won the Dorset Prize from Tupelo Press, selected by Edward Hirsch. His honors include the American Book Award, the Lannan Literary Award, the California Book Award, the Northern California Book Award, and publication in the National Poetry Series. He is a former Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University where he studied poetry with Denise Levertov and fiction with Grace Paley. His work has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies and on NPR’s “The Writer’s Almanac.” He has taught creative writing for many years in the Bay Area.

Diana Goetsch is the author of eight collections of poems—most recently Nameless Boy (2015, Orchises) and In America (forthcoming from Rattle)—and the recipient of numerous honors and awards. Her work has appeared in many leading magazines and anthologies including The New Yorker, Poetry, The Gettysburg Review, The Iowa Review, Ploughshares, The Southern Review and Best American Poetry. Known as a generous and innovative teacher, Diana has taught writing in colleges, MFA programs, art centers, jails and living rooms for 30 years. Currently she is the Grace Paley Teaching Fellow in writing at The New School.


Saturday October 7, 2017  1pm – 3:30pm
Kevin Craft & Troy Jollimore: An Afternoon of Poetry

Craft Talk: “A Red Hot Half-Brick in an Old Sock: Tradition, Subversion, and the Sonnet” (1pm-2pm)
Reading: “Burn After Reading: The Poetry of Kevin Craft and Troy Jollimore.” (2:30 pm)

Come for one or both events! This is a unique chance to hear and learn from two illustrious out-of-town poets. This event is a collaboration of the Mill Valley Library and Marin Poetry Center.

Why would anyone today choose to write a sonnet? In fact, some of our best contemporary poets have taken a stab at the venerable form, in order to explore (and, at times, explode) the limits of the form, and to place the sonnet in the service of surprising, at times radical ends. In this joint talk, poets Kevin Craft and Troy Jollimore discuss the sonnet form, its history, its poetic nature, its particular capabilities and possibilities, and talk about their own experiences reading and writing sonnets. (The craft talk will be followed by a break with wine and savory treats.)

Location: Mill Valley Library
375 Throckmorton Avenue
Mill Valley, CA

Kevin Craft directs the Written Arts Program at Everett Community College. His first book, Solar Prominence, won the Gorsline Prize. His new collection is Vagrants & Accidentals. His work has appeared in Poetry, The Kenyon Review, New England Review, and The Stranger. He has received fellowships and awards from the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, MacDowell Colony, the Bogliasco Foundation (Italy), the Camargo Foundation and many others. He is executive editor of Poetry NW Editions, and a director of the UW Writers in Rome program.

Troy Jollimore is the author of three books of poetry and three of philosophy, as well as numerous articles. His awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, and Fellowships from Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and the Stanford Humanities Center. Tom Thomson in Purgatory won the National Book Critics Circle award in poetry. Syllabus of Errors appeared on the New York Times‘ list of the best books of poetry in 2015. His reviews appear in the Chicago Tribune and the Washington Post. He is currently a professor in the Philosophy Department at California State University, Chico.


Her poetry books include Familiar Tense, Take Two: Film Studies, Memos,Ghosts of Yesterday: New & Selected Poems. and many others. Her work has appeared in many publications including: The Iowa Review, Georgia Review, FIELD, Arts & Letters, The Journal, Colorado Review, Prairie Schooner, Spillway, The Southern Review,Volt, Denver Quarterly, and Ploughshares. She had a poem from FIELD published in PUSHCART PRIZE XXXI. A poem from MEMOS – “Memo to the Former Child Prodigy,” which appeared in the Denver Quarterly, was selected by Sherman Alexie for Best American Poetry 2015.