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

Thursday September 14 7:30PM - 9:30 PM
MPC Members' New Books Celebration
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. If you have a new book or chapbook you'd like to share, published from September 2016 - September 2017, email Francesca Bell at events@marinpoetrycenter.org.
Thursday September 28 7:30PM - 9:30 PM
MPC Anthology Launch Party & Read-Around
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 October 19 7:30PM - 9:30 PM
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 21 10:00AM - 4:00 PM
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: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sign up: events@marinpoetrycenter.org