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.
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.
Marin Poetry Center Presents
Wake Up Your Words! Making Your Poetry Readings Come Alive, Take Two
Great poetry ≠ Great poetry READING. It takes skill to write great poetry. But giving great poetry readings requires a completely different set of skills. Your audience can experience the depth of your writing when you give your poems the gift of good performance. Whether you missed the April workshop or you want to deepen and expand on the knowledge covered last time, you are welcome to join us for another evening of fun and learning. Your amazing poems deserve an amazing delivery! This workshop is appropriate for beginning and experienced poetry readers.
Date/Time: Wednesday, June 12, 2013; 7:00 pm until 9:00 pm
Location: Falkirk Cultural Center 1408 Mission, San Rafael
Cost: $12 members;$15 non-members
$5 discount if registered before June 1, 2013.
Class size: Limited to 12; sign up early to guarantee space
Contact: Susan Zerner; WritingVoice@comcast.net or 415-472-3123 to sign up or for more information
is a poet
who worked for years as a professional stage actor/singer
and as a workshop leader teaching hundreds of adults how
to use their voices creatively.