2016 - 2017 Events Calendar     Unless otherwise indicated, all events take place at Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission, San Rafael.

Thursday September 15 7:30PM - 9:30 PM
2016 Marin Poetry Center Anthology Launch
Come out and eat cake and hear our anthology contributors read their poems. The public is very welcome to attend this always lively and lovely event!
Thursday September 29 7:30PM - 9:30 PM
Celebration of New Books by MPC Members
NEW EVENT!!! Join us as we raise a glass to our amazing members who have new books out! We'll have cake and bubbly! Poems will be read! Books will be for sale! Come help us toast the satisfaction and sweetness of making it through the long slog that leads to publication.
Saturday October 8 10:00AM - 7:30 PM
Litquake San Rafael
Enjoy LITQUAKE, San Francisco's acclaimed literary conference, without leaving Marin County.

Each hour-long phase presents events at venues progressing along San Rafael’s Fourth Street to fill your day with fiction, sports writing, memoir, sci-fi, mystery, theater, and five poetry events sponsored by MPC.

For more info see 2016 San Rafael Litcrawl
or visit https://litquakesanrafael2016.sched.org/ and http://downtownsanrafael.org/Litquake-San-Rafael
Thursday October 20 7:30PM - 9:30 PM
Michelle Bitting & Ewa Chrusciel
Michelle Bitting's first collection, Good Friday Kiss (2008, C&R Press) was chosen by Thomas Lux as the winner of the DeNovo First Book Award. Her second collection, Notes to the Beloved (2012, SPC Press), won the Sacramento Poetry Center Book Award and received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews. A third collection, The Couple Who Fell to Earth (2016, C&R Press), received a starred and featured review from Kirkus. She has won the Beyond Baroque Foundation, Virginia Brendemuehl, and Glimmer Train poetry contests and been a finalist for the Poet's & Writer's Magazine California Exchange, the Rona Jaffe Foundation, the Julia Peterkin, among others - and most recently, The Pablo Neruda Poetry Prize (2016). Michelle's poems have been published or are forthcoming in American Poetry Review, Prairie Schooner, The Paris-American, Narrative, River Styx, The L.A. Weekly, Crab Orchard Review, Rattle, diode, Linebreak, among many others. Individual poems have been featured on Poetry Daily and Verse Daily and have been nominated for Pushcart and Best of the Net prizes. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Pacific University, Oregon. Michelle is currently pursuing a Ph.D in Mythological Studies at Pacifica Graduate Institute.
Ewa Chruscielhas three books in Polish: Furkot , Sopilki, and Tobolek, and two books in English: Strata, which won the 2009 international book contest and was published with Emergency Press in 2011, and Contraband of Hoopoe (Omnidawn, 2014). Her poems have appeared in many books and magazines in Poland, England, Italy, and the United States, including Jubilat, Boston Review, Colorado Review, Lana Turner, Spoon River Review, Aufgabe. She has translated Jack London, Joseph Conrad, I.B. Singer as well as some contemporary American poets into Polish. She is an associate professor of humanities at Colby-Sawyer College.
Thursday November 17 7:30PM - 9:30 PM
Panel on Diversity in Literature: Inviting the Quieted Voices to Speak
Come, join Bonnie Wai-Lee Kwong, Danusha Lameris, Susan Terris, Amos White, and Javier Zamora for a conversation about inclusiveness and humanity, about diversity in its many forms, about boundaries and fairness and political correctness. We want to discuss how we decide what to read, who decides what gets published, opinions about quotas, appropriation, identification, and nepotism. We want to explore how we, as literary citizens, can read and edit and write toward learning something new, how we can reach out to instead of away from those who are different from us.
Thursday December 15 7:30PM - 9:30 PM
Annual Holiday Potluck / Read-Around
Reading is at 7:30. Potluck is at 6:30. Come celebrate the holidays in poetry style!
Bring a poem (25 lines max!).
And a dish to share:
      A - H: Main Dish
      I - P: Dessert
      Q - Z: Salad 
Thursday January 19 7:30PM - 9:30 PM
Julia Levine & C. Dale Young
Julia Levine has won numerous awards for her work, including the 2015 Northern California Book Award in Poetry for her latest collection, Small Disasters Seen in Sunlight, (LSU press 2014) as well as the 2003 Tampa Review Prize for her collection, Ask; the 1998 Anhinga Poetry Prize and bronze medal from Foreword magazine for her first collection, Practicing for Heaven, as well as a Neruda Award from Nimrod, and a Discovery/The Nation award. Widely published, her work has been anthologized in The Places That Inhabit Us, The Autumn House Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry, and The Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish American Poetry. She received a PhD in clinical psychology from UC Berkeley, and lives and works in Davis, California.
C. Dale Young practices medicine full-time and teaches in the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers. He is the author of four collections of poetry, the most recent being Torn (Four Way Books 2011) and The Halo (Four Way Books, 2016). His linked collection of short stories,The Affliction, is forthcoming from Four Way Books in early 2018. He is a recipient of fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, the National Endowment for the Arts, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation.
His poetry and short fiction have appeared in many anthologies and magazines, including The Best American Poetry, Asian American Poetry: The Next Generation, American Poetry Review,The Atlantic Monthly, The Nation, The New Republic, The Paris Review, and POETRY. He lives in San Francisco with his spouse the biologist and composer, Jacob Bertrand.
Thursday February 16 7:30PM - 9:30 PM
Gerald Fleming & Lynne Knight
Gerald Flemingís new book, One, will appear in fall from Hanging Loose Press in New York. His other books are The Choreographer, longer prose poems (Sixteen Rivers Press, San Francisco), Night of Pure Breathing, prose poems (Hanging Loose), and Swimmer Climbing onto Shore (Sixteen Rivers). Heís also written three books for teachers, including Rain, Steam, and Speed (Jossey-Bass/Wiley). His work has appeared in many magazines over the decades, including New Letters, Western Humanities Review, Carolina Quarterly, New World Writing, Hanging Loose, and many others. Between 1995 and 2000 he edited and published the literary magazine Barnabe Mountain Review, and currently edits the limited-edition vitreous magazine One (More) Glass. Fleming taught in the San Francisco Public Schools for thirty-seven years, and lives most of the year in Northern California, part of the year in Paris.
Lynne Knight is the award-winning author of four full-length collections, the most recent of which is Again, published by Sixteen Rivers Press in 2009. Her work has appeared in a number of journals, including Beloit Poetry Journal, Kenyon Review, New England Review, Ontario Review, Poetry, and Southern Review. Her awards and honors include publication in Best American Poetry, the Prix de líAlliance FranÁaise 2006, a PSA Lucille Medwick Memorial Award, the 2009 RATTLE Prize, and an NEA grant. I Know (Je sais), her translation with the author Ito Naga of his Je sais, appeared in 2013.
Thursday March 16 7:30PM - 9:30 PM
John Murillo & Javier Zamora
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.
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 Writerís 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 20 7:30PM - 9:30 PM
April Ossmann & Connie Post
April Ossmann is the author of Event Boundaries (Four Way Books, forthcoming 2017), and Anxious Music (Four Way Books) and has published her poetry widely in journals including Colorado Review and Harvard Review, and in anthologies. Her poetry awards include a 2013 Vermont Arts Council Creation Grant and a Prairie Schooner Readersí Choice Award. Former executive director of Alice James Books, she owns a poetry consulting business (www.aprilossmann.com), offering manuscript editing, publishing advice, tutorials, and workshops. She is a faculty editor for the low-residency MFA in Creative Writing Program at Sierra Nevada College. She lives in West Windsor, Vermont.
Connie Post is the Poet Laureate Emerita of Livermore (2005 to 2009). Her work has appeared in Calyx, Spoon River Poetry Review, Crab Creek Review, Slipstream, The Big Muddy, and Valparaiso Poetry Review. Her awards include the Caesura Poetry Award, 2nd prize in the Jack Kerouac Poetry Prize, and 1st place in the 2016 Crab Creek Review Poetry Prize. Her chapbook And when the When the Sun Drops won the 2012 Aurorean Editorís choice Award. Her first full-length book, Floodwater, was released by Glass Lyre Press in 2014 and won the Lyrebird Award. She is a two-time nominee for the California Poet Laureate.
Thursday May 18 7:30PM - 9:30 PM
Poetry & Music: Brian Laidlaw & Ken Waldman
Brian Laidlaw is a troubadour-poet from San Francisco. He studied Creative Writing at Stanford and earned his MFA in Poetry at the University of Minnesota. His poems have been published widely in journals including New American Writing, The Iowa Review, Quarter After Eight, Agni, and many others. Paper Darts Press released his acclaimed hybrid poetry/music project called Amoratorium, a vinyl LP with a companion poetry chapbook as the liner notes. His first full-length book of poems, The Stuntman, was published in 2015 by Milkweed Editions; a follow-up called The Mirrormaker is under contract as well. He tours to festivals, colleges, and arts venues around the country, both solo and with his folk band The Family Trade.
Ken Waldman Ken Waldman has drawn on his 30 years in Alaska to produce poems, stories, and fiddle tunes that combine into a performance uniquely his. Nine CDs mix Appalachian-style string-band music with original poetry. Eight books include six poetry collections, a memoir, and a children's book. Since 1995 he's performed at some of the nation's leading concert series, festivals, universities, and clubs. Of note are two CDs. Some Favorites, contains tracks from Waldman's first seven CDs. The double- CD, All Originals, All Traditionals consists of one CD with a five-piece band playing Waldman's originals, and a second CD of Waldman and friends playing traditional tunes to Alaska-set poetry, and includes a ten-minute treatment of Waldman's 1996 plane crash near Nome.