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

Thursday February 18 7:30PM - 9:30 PM
Gillian Conoley & Judy Halebsky
Gillian Conoley’s sixth collection, PEACE, out this year with Omnidawn, was named one of the Academy of American Poets Standout Books for 2014 and was a finalist for The Los Angeles Times Book Award and the Northern California Independent Bookstores Award. Her translations of Henri Michaux, THOUSAND TIMES BROKEN: THREE BOOKS BY HENRI MICHAUX, with City Lights, was included in Publisher’s Weekly’s top 10 poetry books Fall 2014. Conoley was born in Austin Texas, where, on its rural outskirts, her father and mother owned and operated a radio station. She is also the author of THE PLOT GENIE, PROFANE HALO, LOVERS IN THE USED WORLD, and TALL STRANGER, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her work has received the Jerome J. Shestack Poetry Prize from The American Poetry Review, a National Endowment for the Arts grant, and a Fund for Poetry Award. Conoley’s poems have been anthologized in over 20 national and international anthologies, including W.W. Norton’s Postmodern American Poetry, American Hybrid, and Counterpath’s Postmodern Lyricism. Editor and founder of Volt magazine, she is Professor of English and Poet-in-Residence at Sonoma State University.
Judy Halebsky is the author of two poetry collections Tree Line and Sky=Empty which won the New Issues Poetry Prize and was a finalist for the California Book Award. Her chapbook, Space/Gap/Interval/Distance won the Poets-Under-Forty award from Sixteen Rivers Press. She has poems published or forthcoming in Zyzzyva, Field, the Antioch Review, Hotel America, Smartish Pace and others. On a fellowship from the Japanese Ministry of Culture, she trained in Noh theatre and Butoh dance in Japan for five years. The MacDowell Colony, the Millay Colony, and the Canada Council for the Arts have supported her work. She chairs the Department of Literature and Language at Dominican University of California. Originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia, she now lives in Oakland.
Thursday March 17 7:30PM - 9:30 PM
Ellery Akers & Alexandra Teague
Ellery Akers' new book of poems, Practicing the Truth, won the 2014 Autumn House Poetry Prize; the 2015 IPPY Award, Silver Medal in Poetry; and the 2015 San Francisco Book Festival Poetry Award. Her previous collection, Knocking on the Earth, was named a Best Book of the Year by The San Jose Mercury News. She is also the author of a children’s novel, Sarah’s Waterfall. Akers is the winner of 13 national writing awards, including the Poetry International Prize and the John Masefield Award, and has received fellowships to the MacDowell Colony and Headlands Center for the Arts. Her poetry has been featured on National Public Radio and American Life in Poetry, and has appeared in such journals as Poetry and The American Poetry Review. She is a writer, artist, and naturalist living on the northern California coast and teaches private poetry workshops.
Alexandra Teague is the author of two books of poetry: The Wise and Foolish Builders (Persea, 2015)--which centers on the story of Sarah Winchester, Victorian heiress to the rifle fortune, and the large, strange, supposedly haunted house she built in San Jose--and Mortal Geography (Persea, 2010), winner of the 2009 Lexi Rudnitsky Prize and the 2010 California Book Award for Poetry. The recipient of a Stegner Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and the 2014 Missouri Review Editors’ Prize, Alexandra is Assistant Professor of Poetry at University of Idaho and an editor for Broadsided Press.
Friday March 18 10:00AM - 1:00 PM
Benefit Workshop and Craft Talk with Ellery Akers
Ellery Akers is generously offering a poetry workshop and craft talk to benefit Marin Poetry Center on March 18, 2016. The workshop will be held at a private home in Novato and will be followed by a shared lunch (provided) and open discussion time. Each participant will have one poem workshopped by Ellery and the group. The workshop will cost $100 per person, and there is room for ten participants. To register, contact Francesca Bell at events@marinpoetrycenter.org.
Thursday April 21 7:30PM - 9:30 PM
Sinan Antoon
Sinan Antoon (Baghdad, 1967) is a poet, novelist, scholar, and translator. He holds degrees from Baghdad, Georgetown, and Harvard, where he earned a doctorate in Arabic literature. He has published two collections of poetry and four novels. His works have been translated into nine languages. His translation of Mahmoud Darwish’s last prose book In the Presence of Absence won the 2012 American Literary Translators’ Award. His translation of his own novel, The Corpse Washer, won the 2014 Saif Ghobash Prize for Literary Translation and was longlisted for the International Prize for Foreign Fiction. His third novel, Ya Maryam, was shortlisted for the Arabic Booker. His scholarly works include The Poetics of the Obscene: Ibn al-Hajjaj and Sukhf (Palgrave, 2014). In 2003 he returned to his native Baghdad to co-direct About Baghdad, a documentary about life under occupation. He is co-founder and co-editor of Jadaliyya. He is an associate professor at New York University.
Thursday May 19 7:30PM - 9:30 PM
David Hernandez & Tiffany Midge
David Hernandez's most recent book of poetry, Hoodwinked (Sarabande Books, 2011), won the Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry. Dear, Sincerely—his new collection—is forthcoming Spring 2016 as part of the Pitt Poetry Series. His other books include Always Danger (SIU Press, 2006), winner of the Crab Orchard Series, and A House Waiting for Music (Tupelo Press, 2003). David's awards include an NEA Literature Fellowship and a Pushcart Prize. His poems have appeared in FIELD, The Southern Review, Ploughshares, The Threepenny Review, and The Best American Poetry 2013. He is also the author of two YA novels, No More Us for You and Suckerpunch, both published by HarperCollins. David teaches creative writing at California State University, Long Beach and at California State University, Fullerton. He lives in Long Beach and is married to writer Lisa Glatt.
Tiffany Midge is the recipient of the Kenyon Review Earthworks Prize for Indigenous Poetry for The Woman Who Married a Bear (University of New Mexico Press), and the Diane Decorah Memorial Poetry Award for Outlaws, Renegades and Saints; Diary of a Mixed-up Halfbreed (Greenfield Review Press). Her work has appeared in North American Review, Florida Review, South Dakota Review, Shenandoah, and the online journals No Tell Motel and Drunken Boat. Tiffany has published creative nonfiction in The Butter, and Sovereign Bodies, and her essays received Pushcart Prize nominations from The Raven Chronicles and Yellow Medicine Review. An enrolled Standing Rock Sioux, she holds an MFA from University of Idaho and is Poet Laureate of Moscow, Idaho. Tiffany is writing the Great American (Indian) Novel about contemporary, urban Native life, Sex, Lies, and Frybread, a Dramedy.