2012 - 2013 Events Calendar     Unless otherwise indicated, all events take place at Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission, San Rafael.

Thursday September 20 7:30PM - 9:30 PM
Martha Rhodes and Susan Browne
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Martha Rhodes is the author of four poetry collections, AT THE GATE, PERFECT DISAPPEARANCE (winner of The Green Rose Prize), MOTHER QUIET and most recently THE BEDS from Autumn House. Her work has appeared in many journals including Agni, Fence, New England Review, Pleiades, The New American Poets: a Bread Loaf Anthology, The Extraordinary Tide: New Poetry by American Woman, A Poem in Your Pocket from the Academy of American Poets, and others. She teaches at Sarah Lawrence College, The MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College, and is the director of The Frost Place Festival and Conference on Poetry. She is the director of Four Way Books, publishers of poetry and short fiction. She lives in New York City.
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Susan Browne has lived most of her life in the Bay Area. Her poetry has appeared in Ploughshares, Subtropics, River City, The Mississippi Review, American Life in Poetry, Writer?s Almanac, and other literary journals and anthologies, such as 180 More, Extraordinary Poems for Everyday, edited by Billy Collins. Her awards include prizes from the Chester H. Jones Foundation, the National Writer's Union, the Los Angeles Poetry Festival, and the River Styx International Poetry Contest. Her first book, Buddha?s Dogs, won The Four Way Books Intro Prize and was selected by Edward Hirsch. Her second book, Zephyr, won the Editor?s Prize at Steel Toe Books. She has a word/music CD with poet Kim Addonizio, Swearing, Smoking, Drinking, & Kissing, available from cdbaby.com. Susan is a Professor of English at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, California. She also teaches her own poetry workshops online: www.susanmariebrowne.com
Thursday October 18 7:30PM - 9:30 PM
2012 MPC Anthology Read-Around
Marin Poetry Center Anthology, Volume XV, The Inspiration of Horses Contributors will gather to celebrate release of the new volume and to read their poems! The Public is welcome.
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Thank you to our CONTRIBUTORS: Susan Adams, Adrienne Amundsen, Claire J. Baker, Joan Baranow, Julia Bartlett, David Beckman, Michael Beebe, Sharron Belson, Karen Benke, Les Bernstein, Rose Black, Claire Blotter, Barbara Brooks, Claudia Chapline, Karla Clark, Alan Cohen, Susan Cohen, Liz Cunningham, Lucille Lang Day, Sam Doctors, Robert Eastwood, Donna L. Emerson, Ella Eytan, Laurel Feigenbaum, CB Follett, Patricia Garfield, Ph.D., Ann Garrett, Terri Glass, Jane Green, Carol Griffin, Ken Haas, Joy Harjo, True Heitz, Marie Henry, Nellie Hill, Jodi Hottel, Christina Hutchins, Carolyn Ingram, Lynn Ireland, Janet Jennings, Heidi Joseph, Kit Kennedy, Helen Kerner, Marilyn King, William Landis, Bonnie Long, Carolyn Losee, Lily Iona MacKenzie, Colm Martin, Ethel Mays, Barbara McDonald, Mark Meierding, Stephanie Mendel, Maggie Morley, Donna Mussato, Meryl Natchez, Kirsten Jones Neff, Patricia Nelson, J. L. Nichols, Stephanie Noble, Vivian Olds, David L. O'Neal, Dion O'Reilly, Terry Phelan, Connie Post, Yvonne Postelle, Angelika Quirk, Zara Raab, Gregory W. Randall, Ida VSW Red, Kathryn Ridall, Alan Ruskin, Gini Savage, Charlotte Schmid, Sandy Scull, Prartho Sereno, Joan Stepp Smith, Pru Starr, Margaret Stawowy, Doreen Stock, Cathy Summa-Wolfe, Robert Sward, Mary Kay Sweeney, Susan Terris, Jie Tian, Maggie Tuteur, Christine Vovakes, Jeanne Wagner, Paul Watsky, Judy Wells,Louise Grassi Whitney,Toni L. Wilkes, Kathleen Winter, Robert Wrigley, Judith Horowitz Yamamoto, Joseph Zaccardi
Thursday November 15 7:30PM - 9:30 PM
Daniel Polikoff: Rilke: A Poetic History
The Russian poet Marina Tsvetaeva considered Rilke, "the embodiment of poetry," and his work continues to draw and inspire countless readers. In his recent book, In the Image of Orpheus: Rilke - A Soul History, Daniel Polikoff explores the psychological and literary ground of Rilke's remarkable achievement. In this related presentation, he will take us on a brief tour of Rilke's life and work, blending rehearsal of pivotal elements of the poet's dramatic biography with readings - often in Daniel's own translation?? - of some of Rilke's most compelling poems. Along the way, we will explore crucial aspects of both the poet's craft and his philosophic vision.
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In addition to his recently published Rilke: A Soul History, scholar, poet, and translator DANIEL POLIKOFF has published two books of poetry (Hands of Stars and Dragon Ship) as well as an edited translation of a dramatic version of the Grail legend. His poems and translations have appeared widely, in The Literary Review, Nimrod, and Gulf Coast and elsewhere. The recipient of a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Cornell University and a Diploma in Waldorf Education from Steiner college, Mr. Polikoff has presented on Rilke at numerous venues over many years. Writer Andrew Harvey called In the Image of Orpheus "A luminous and comprehensive map of Rilke's life and work." Mr. Polikoff resides in Marin.
Thursday December 6 7:30PM - 9:30 PM
A Child's Christmas in Wales, by Dylan Thomas
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A Child's Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas presented by The Rebound Players, a local theatre troupe,featuring Joel Eis, Colm Martin, Roy Mash, Margaret Stawoway. 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 20 6:30PM - 9:30 PM
Annual Holiday Potuck / Read-Around
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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 17 7:30PM - 9:30 PM
An Evening of Middle-Eastern Poetry
On Thursday, January 17, Marin Poetry Center will celebrate poetry of the Middle East. Poets and co-editors Deema Shehabi and Beau Beausoleil will read from their new anthology, Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here: Poets and Writers Respond to the March 5th, 2007, Bombing of Bagdad's 'Street of the Booksellers'. The book title refers to the famous street in Bagdad with a long tradition of selling books in the open, in a free exchange of ideas. On March 5, 2007, a car bomb exploded, killing or wounding many people and destroying thousands of books. The anthology seeks to show where Al-Mutanabbi Street starts in all of us. The related, poignant book art collection will be placed in the Iraq National Library in Bagdad before 2013. Mr. Beausoleil will present broadsides from this collection at our reading. For more info, visit http://www.library.fau.edu/depts/spc/JaffeCenter/collection/al-mutanabbi/index.php
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Deema K. Shehabi will read from the anthology as well as her highly praised volume of poetry, Thirteen Departures From the Moon. Translated into Arabic, English, and Farsi, Ms. Shehabi's work appears widely in The Kenyon Review, Literary Imagination, New Letters, Drunken Boat, Perihelion, and Poetry London and elsewhere.
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Beau Beausoleil will talk about and read from his new anthology, Al- Mutanabbi Street Starts Here: Poets and Writers Respond to the March 5th, 2007, Bombing of Bagdad's "Street of the Booksellers" and read from his own work. The author of nine books of poetry, he has a new book, Ways to Reach the Open Boat, forthcoming from Barley Books in the UK. Deema Shehabi is his co-editor of the anthology.
Thursday February 21 7:30PM - 9:30 PM
*ROAR and MPC present a Native American Poets Reading
Native American poetry will be read and celebrated at the Marin Poetry Center's Third Thursday Series reading, featuring poets Natalie Diaz, Lucille Lang Day and Luke Warm Water. Doors open at 7:00 pm. Suggested donations are $5 for the general public and $3 for members. Book sales and signing follow, and refreshments will be served.

*Founded by Marin County Poet Laureate 'Lyn Follett, the "Reach Out and Read" project coordinates and hosts poetry readings in senior residences and community centers. ROAR also aims to reach neighborhoods or institutions that may not have regular poetry programming,such as in the Hispanic, Haitian, or African-American communities. Follett has called for poets to volunteer as readers at future events; if interested, send an email to runes@aol.com
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Natalie Diaz was born and raised in the Fort Mojave Indian Village in Needles, California. She is Mojave and an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian Tribe. After playing professional basketball in Europe and Asia for several years, Diaz returned to Old Dominion and completed a double-MFA in poetry and fiction. Her first poetry collection, When My Brother Was an Aztec, was published by Copper Canyon Press in April of 2012. Her work is in The Iowa Review, North American Review, Prairie Schooner, Black Renaissance Noire, Crab Orchard Review, and others.
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Lucille Lang Day is the author of eight poetry collections and chapbooks, most recently The Curvature of Blue (Cervena Barva, 2009). She has also published a children's book, Chain Letter, and her memoir, Married at Fourteen, will appear from Heyday in 2012. Her poetry and prose have appeared widely in Atlanta Review, The Hudson Review, The Threepenny Review, New Poets of the American West (Many Voices, 2010) and others. She is of Wampanoag descent and often explores and celebrates this heritage in her poetry. http://lucillelangday.com.
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Luke Warm Water was born and raised in Rapid City, South Dakota, and is an enrolled member of the Lakota Tribe. His poetry appears in Sing: Poetry from the Indigenous Americas (University of Arizona Press, 2011), Shedding Skins: Four Sioux Poets (Michigan State University Press, 2008) Yellow Medicine Review, Oregon Literary Review, and Red Ink. Luke has featured at poetry venues and has won Poetry Slam competitions from California to Germany. He is the recipient of an Archibald Bush Foundation individual artist fellowship in literature and a 2010 Oakland Cultural Arts grant.
Thursday March 21 7:30PM - 9:30 PM
Poetry Writing Groups: Secrets of Success
Writing groups can provide community, structure, feedback, and moral support for an art form that - by its nature - is solitary. But what are the secrets to creating and maintaining a successful group that nurtures individual styles that evolve over time? How can groups avoid pitfalls such as deconstructive criticism, homogenized "workshop" poems, hurt feelings, eroded confidence, power imbalances, and jealousy? A panel of poets from the SF-based writing group Thirteen Poets will talk about how to start and sustain a successful poetry writing group.
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Melissa Stein is the author of the poetry collection Rough Honey, winner of the APR/Honickman First Book Prize. Her work has appeared in Southern Review, Harvard Review, Best New Poets 2009, New England Review, and others, and she has received fellowships from Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, and the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. She is a freelance editor and writer in San Francisco.www.melissastein.com
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Robert Thomas' first book, Door to Door, was selected by Yusef Komunyakaa as winner of the Poets Out Loud Prize and published by Fordham University Press, and his second book, Dragging the Lake, was published by Carnegie Mellon University Press. He has received a poetry fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and won a Pushcart Prize. He lives in Oakland, and Point Reyes is his favorite place on earth.
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Beverly Burch's first poetry book, Sweet to Burn, won the Gival Poetry Prize and a Lambda Literary Award. Her second book, How a Mirage Works, won the 2012 poetry competition of Sixteen Rivers Press. She has published two nonfiction books as well: On Intimate Terms (University of Illinois Press) and Other Women (Columbia University Press). She is a psychotherapist in Berkeley.
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Idris Anderson's first collection, Mrs. Ramsay's Knee won the May Swenson Poetry Award 2008. She has won a Pushcart Prize (2010), and a Special Mention in the Pushcart Anthology (2012). Her poems appear in AGNI, The Hudson Review, The Nation, The Paris Review, Southern Review and other journals.
Thursday April 18 7:30PM - 9:30 PM
The New ZYZZYVA
Welcome to a night of readings from four accomplished ZYZZYVA-published poets. Speak to the new editor, Laura Cogan and managing editor, Oscar Villalon, as well. They will share their visions and plans for this well-known west coast literary journal. Since 1985, ZYZZYVA has published the work of West Coast writers, poets, artists and translators. Among its past contributors have been such luminaries as Kay Ryan, Richard Diebenkorn, Adrienne Rich, Raymond Carver, Haruki Murakami, Sherman Alexie, and Philip Levine. After founding editor Howard Junker retired, editor Laura Cogan and managing editor Oscar Villalon took the helm in 2011. Recent contributors have included W.S. Di Piero, Edie Meidav, Peter Orner, Daniel Sada, Matthew Dickman, Karen Joy Fowler, Dagoberto Gilb, Lucas Foglia, Wendy MacNaughton, Wanda Coleman, as well as tonight's poets: Troy Jollimore, Joseph Di Prisco, Heather Altfeld, and Lynne Knight.

Please join MPC in a celebration to welcome our new Marin County Poet Laureate, Joe Zaccardi! Doors will open at Falkirk at 6:00 pm on Thursday, April 18, an hour and a half before our regularly scheduled third Thursday event. Joe will talk about his plans for his tenure as PL, and will read a few poems, and we will offer a toast. Cake and champagne will be served.
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Joseph Zaccardi, born in Newark, New Jersey, came to poetry late - at the age of thirteen. His publications include Vents (Pancake Press 2005), Render (Poetic Matrix Press 2009), and The Nine Gradations of Light (Bark for Me Publications 2013). In 2003 he received an Individual Artist Grant from the Marin Arts Council, and in 2010 thru 2012 was editor of the Marin Poetry Center Anthology. He was appointed poet Laureate of Marin County, CA in 2013 for a two-year term. Since 1987 he has lived in Fairfax, tossing seeds from an imaginary apple tree.
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Heather Altfeld's poetry has been published in Pleiades, ZYZZYVZ, The Tule Review, The Squaw Valley Review, Clackamas, The Arroyo Review and The New Guard, with poems forthcoming in The Greensboro Review, Superstition Review, Laurel Review, and Zone 3. She has just completed her first manuscript of poems, The Disappearing Theatre.
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Joseph DiPrisco is the author of several books, including novels, nonfiction, and the poetry collection Poems in Which, praised by Dean Young as ?a joyous book. His work has appeared in ZYZZYVA, the New York Times, the Threepenny Review, and Prairie Schooner, among other publications. He lives in Berkeley.
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Troy Jollimore is the author of two books of poetry, At Lake Scugog (Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets, 2011) and Tom Thomson in Purgatory, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for poetry for 2006; and a philosophical book, Love's Vision (Princeton University Press, 2011). His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, McSweeney's, The Believer, and elsewhere. He is Professor of Philosophy at California State University, Chico.
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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, as well as Best American Poetry 2000, selected by Rita Dove.
Thursday May 16 6:00PM - 9:00 PM
Founders & Friends of MPC: A Reception and Reading by Cole Swensen
You are invited to a reception for the founders and friends of the Marin Poetry Center, at its last Third Thursday event of the Spring, 2013. Refreshments and recollections will honor those poets who with Cole Swensen first developed the Marin Poetry Center in the early 1980's.

Here's the start of one story: Steve Edmunds, who was taking a poetry workshop with Stefanie Marlis at the College of Marin, first suggested the idea for a poetry organization. Stefanie agreed and went to Peter Sharkey to see how to make this happen. John Barnes served as "our invaluable pro bono counsel." Michael Good began to hold meetings at his bookstore, including a white tablecloth and "dinner by George." Steve Barclay, Jane Hirshfield, Judith Ann Bernhard, Kay Ryan, Warren Gold, Jean Pumphrey, Dierdre Sharett (in her telltale black hat), Hope Athearn, Cole Swensen, and Doreen Stock, among others, joined in to help the organization grow. Come and hear more! Our founders can tell the rest of this story and more delightful tales about these early days.

Doors will open at 6:00 pm. At 7:30, Cole Swensen will read from her poetry collections.
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Cole Swensen is a native of Marin County and a founding member of the Marin Poetry Center. She is the author of fourteen volumes of poetry and a collection of critical essays. Her most recent book Gravesend (University of California, 2012) is a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award; other books include a finalist for the National Book Award and winners of the Iowa Poetry Prize, the San Francisco State Poetry Center Book Award, and the National Poetry Series. A 2007 Guggenheim fellow, she is the co-editor of the 2009 Norton anthology American Hybrid and the founding editor of La Presse Books, dedicated to publishing contemporary poetry in English translation. A translator herself, she won the 2004 PEN USA Translation Award. After teaching ten years at the Iowa Writers' Workshop, Swensen recently moved to Brown University, where she is chair of the Literary Arts Department.