2014 Events Calendar     Unless otherwise indicated, all events take place at Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission, San Rafael.

Thursday September 18 7:30PM - 9:30 PM
2014 MPC Anthology Launch
Marin Poetry Center Anthology, Volume XVII Contributors will gather to celebrate release of the new volume and to read their poems! The Public is welcome.
Contributors include: Calvin Ahlgren, David Alpaugh, Judy Anderson, Claire J. Baker, Eldon Beck, Nancy Bertelsen, Rose Black, Claire Blotter, Rafaella Del Bourgo, Barbara Swift Brauer, Barbara Welch Brooks, Yvonne Cannon, Claudia Chapline, Charselle, Alan Cohen, Lucille Lang Day, Donna L. Emerson, Linda Enders, Laurel Feigenbaum, CB Follett, Rae Gouirand, Jane Green, Joyce Griffin, True Heitz, Marvin R. Hiemstra, Jodi Hottel, Lynn Ireland, Tamam Kahn, Marilyn King, Spencer LaMoure, Bonnie Long, Carolyn Losee, Caesar Love, Anne Lynn, Kim Marcellino, Kathleen McClung, Barbara McDonald, Robert McNally, Mark Meierding, Phyllis Meshulam, Stewart Mintzer, Stephanie Noble, Vivian Olds, Steve Olian, Kathleen Patterson, Barry Peterson, Andy Plumb, Daniel Polikoff, Yvonne Postelle, MJ Pramik, Angelika Quirk, Kathryn Ridall, Sherri Rose-Walker, Ken Saffran, Bruce Sams, Charlotte Schmid, Sandy Scull, Prartho Sereno, Jen Sharda, Pru Starr, Doreen Stock, Mary Szybist, Jennifer Tardy, Phyllis M. Teplitz, Susan Terris, Joan Thornton, Ellen Bryant Voigt, Julia Vose, Christine Vovakes, Paul Watsky, Louise Yahnian, Judith Yamamoto, Joe Zaccardi
Thursday October 16 7:30PM - 9:30 PM
Robin Becker & W.S. Di Piero
Robin Becker is Liberal Arts Research Professor of English and Women’s Studies at Penn State. She has published five books in the Pitt Poetry Series, most recently Tiger Heron. Her previous collections with Pitt include Giacometti’s Dog, All-American Girl, The Horse Fair, and Domain of Perfect Affection.
Becker writes the poetry column "Field Notes" for the Women’s Review of Books where she serves as Contributing and Poetry Editor. During the 2010-2011 academic year, she served as the Penn State Laureate. Becker has received fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Bunting Institute at Harvard.
W.S. Di Piero is the author of eleven books of poetry, including, most recently, TOMBO.
Winner of the 2012 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, his poems have appeared frequently in Poetry, The New Yorker, and Threepenny Review, and he has written for The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, The New Republic, and other periodicals. Di Piero has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts grant, and a Lila Wallace-Readers Digest Award.
Thursday November 20 7:30PM - 9:30 PM
Zubair Ahmed & Danusha Laméris
Danusha Laméris is the daughter of a Caribbean mother and a Dutch father. Her work has been published in Alaska Quarterly Review, Poetry Northwest, Rattle, The Sun and Crab Orchard Review as well as in a variety of other journals. Her poems have also appeared in the anthologies In a Fine Frenzy: Poets Respond to Shakespeare, A Bird Black as the Sun: California Poets on Crows and Ravens, and Intimate Kisses.

She was a finalist for the 2010 and 2012 New Letters Prize in poetry and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her first book, The Moons of August, was chosen by Naomi Shihab Nye as the winner of the 2014 Autumn House Press poetry contest. She lives in Santa Cruz, California and teaches an ongoing poetry workshop.
Zubair Ahmed was born and raised in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Before immigrating to the U.S. in 2005, he was a professional video gamer for a year and a half. After finishing high school in a small Texas town, he went to Stanford University for his B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering. He is author of Ashulia, a chapbook published by Taverns Books in 2011. His first full-length collection, City of Rivers, published by McSweeney's, was nominated for a 2013 Northern California Book Award in Poetry. His works have appeared in Tin House, Believer, Poetry Daily, and ZYZZYVA among others. He currently lives in Seattle, Washington, where he enjoys working his day job as an engineer at Boeing and spending time exploring the Pacific Northwest.

Thursday December 4 7:30PM - 9:30 PM
A Child's Christmas in Wales, by Dylan Thomas
A Child's Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas presented by The Rebound Players, a local theater troupe, featuring Joel Eis, Roy Mash, Margaret Stawowy, and Susan Zerner. The Players will read and perform an adaption, with music, of the beloved holiday classic. Come early to get a good seat! The public is welcome, and refreshments will be served.
Thursday December 18 6:30PM - 9:30 PM
Annual Holiday Potuck / 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: Salad
      I - P: Main Dish
      Q - Z: Dessert