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.
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.