In addition to our monthly poetry reading series, Marin Poetry Center organizes, hosts, and supports many diverse programs and activities for our members’ and the public’s enjoyment. We invite you to join in!

Open Workshop

This is a free poetry workshop open to any member interested in sharing his or her poetry and getting feedback. Bring ten copies of one poem to read aloud and then receive comments as well as hear other works in progress and share your own thoughts.

Meets 1st Tuesdays of each month at 7 PM, (except for November & December when it’s best to check). At Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission, San Rafael. For information, contact Calvin Ahlgren at or (415) 497-2495.

Book Group

Join us to discuss great poetry books. Meets monthly on 2nd Wednesdays of each month at 7pm, rotating among living rooms. Open to all members. Next selections:

Wed Dec 12
Life on Mars, Tracy K. Smith, Graywolf Press, 2011

To download a complete list of all books discussed since the Book Group’s inception, see our  Book Group History

For Book Group information, contact Roy Mash: or (415) 472-3504


Annual Anthology

The Marin Poetry Center’s Anthology is published annually and open to all current members. Click here for full details.

Summer Traveling Show

Every summer, members perform their own work in venues all over the Bay Area. Click here for more information.

Poetry in the High Schools

The Marin Poetry Center sponsors teen-related projects that celebrate the arts and through our High School Poetry Contest. Click to see more info here.