2014 Events Calendar     Unless otherwise indicated, all events take place at Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission, San Rafael.

Thursday September 18 7:30PM - 9:30 PM
2014 MPC Anthology Launch
Marin Poetry Center Anthology, Volume XVII Contributors will gather to celebrate release of the new volume and to read their poems! The Public is welcome.
Contributors include: Calvin Ahlgren, David Alpaugh, Judy Anderson, Claire J. Baker, Eldon Beck, Nancy Bertelsen, Rose Black, Claire Blotter, Rafaella Del Bourgo, Barbara Swift Brauer, Barbara Welch Brooks, Yvonne Cannon, Claudia Chapline, Charselle, Alan Cohen, Lucille Lang Day, Donna L. Emerson, Linda Enders, Laurel Feigenbaum, CB Follett, Rae Gouirand, Jane Green, Joyce Griffin, True Heitz, Marvin R. Hiemstra, Jodi Hottel, Lynn Ireland, Tamam Kahn, Marilyn King, Spencer LaMoure, Bonnie Long, Carolyn Losee, Caesar Love, Anne Lynn, Kim Marcellino, Kathleen McClung, Barbara McDonald, Robert McNally, Mark Meierding, Phyllis Meshulam, Stewart Mintzer, Stephanie Noble, Vivian Olds, Steve Olian, Kathleen Patterson, Barry Peterson, Andy Plumb, Daniel Polikoff, Yvonne Postelle, MJ Pramik, Angelika Quirk, Kathryn Ridall, Sherri Rose-Walker, Ken Saffran, Bruce Sams, Charlotte Schmid, Sandy Scull, Prartho Sereno, Jen Sharda, Pru Starr, Doreen Stock, Mary Szybist, Jennifer Tardy, Phyllis M. Teplitz, Susan Terris, Joan Thornton, Ellen Bryant Voigt, Julia Vose, Christine Vovakes, Paul Watsky, Louise Yahnian, Judith Yamamoto, Joe Zaccardi
Thursday October 16 7:30PM - 9:30 PM
Robin Becker & W.S. Di Piero
Robin Becker is Liberal Arts Research Professor of English and Women's Studies at Penn State. She has published five books in the Pitt Poetry Series, most recently Tiger Heron. Her previous collections with Pitt include Giacometti's Dog, All-American Girl, The Horse Fair, and Domain of Perfect Affection.
Becker writes the poetry column "Field Notes" for the Women's Review of Books where she serves as Contributing and Poetry Editor. During the 2010-2011 academic year, she served as the Penn State Laureate. Becker has received fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Bunting Institute at Harvard.
W.S. Di Piero is the author of eleven books of poetry, including, most recently, TOMBO.
Winner of the 2012 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, his poems have appeared frequently in Poetry, The New Yorker, and Threepenny Review, and he has written for The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, The New Republic, and other periodicals. Di Piero has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts grant, and a Lila Wallace-Readers Digest Award.
Thursday November 20 7:30PM - 9:30 PM
Zubair Ahmed & Danusha Laméris
Danusha Laméris is the daughter of a Caribbean mother and a Dutch father. Her work has been published in Alaska Quarterly Review, Poetry Northwest, Rattle, The Sun and Crab Orchard Review as well as in a variety of other journals. Her poems have also appeared in the anthologies In a Fine Frenzy: Poets Respond to Shakespeare, A Bird Black as the Sun: California Poets on Crows and Ravens, and Intimate Kisses.

She was a finalist for the 2010 and 2012 New Letters Prize in poetry and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her first book, The Moons of August, was chosen by Naomi Shihab Nye as the winner of the 2014 Autumn House Press poetry contest. She lives in Santa Cruz, California and teaches an ongoing poetry workshop.
Zubair Ahmed was born and raised in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Before immigrating to the U.S. in 2005, he was a professional video gamer for a year and a half. After finishing high school in a small Texas town, he went to Stanford University for his B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering. He is author of Ashulia, a chapbook published by Taverns Books in 2011. His first full-length collection, City of Rivers, published by McSweeney's, was nominated for a 2013 Northern California Book Award in Poetry. His works have appeared in Tin House, Believer, Poetry Daily, and ZYZZYVA among others. He currently lives in Seattle, Washington, where he enjoys working his day job as an engineer at Boeing and spending time exploring the Pacific Northwest.

Thursday December 4 7:30PM - 9:30 PM
A Child's Christmas in Wales, by Dylan Thomas
A Child's Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas presented by The Rebound Players, a local theater troupe, featuring Joel Eis, Roy Mash, Margaret Stawowy, and Susan Zerner. 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.
Sunday December 7 3:00PM - 5:00 PM
Maxine Hong Kingston, Fred Marchant & Dean Rader
Join us in the Creekside Room at the Mill Valley Library at 3:00 pm, for an afternoon of poetry featuring a rare visit by East Coast poets Jean Valentine and Fred Marchant, joined by Bay Area poet Maxine Hong Kingston. This event is a collaboration of the Mill Valley Library and the Marin Poetry Center and is free and open to the Public.
Registration recommended. To register, visit Mill Valley Library Event Registration.
Fred Marchant, is the author of five books of poetry, among them Tipping Point, Full Moon Boat, and The Looking House. His newest collection, The Day Later, is forthcoming from Graywolf Press in 2016. He is founding director of the Suffolk University Poetry Project in Boston, MA.
Maxine Hong Kingston, the author of The Woman Warrior, China Men, Tripmaster Monkey, The Fifth Book of Peace, and other works, won the National Book Award, the National Medal of Arts, and the NBCC Award, among others. She is a former Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at UC Berkeley.
Dean Rader has published widely in the fields of poetry, literary studies, and popular culture. Works & Days won the 2010 T. S. Eliot Poetry Prize, and his poems received the Crab Creek Review and Sow’s Ear Review poetry prizes; “Twilight at Ocean Beach: 14” was named by Verse Daily as one of the Best Poems of 2010. He serves on the editorial board for DMQ Review, and he reviews poetry for The Rumpus and The San Francisco Chronicle. Dean is a Professor of English at the University of San Francisco.
Thursday December 18 6:30PM - 9:30 PM
Annual Holiday Potuck / 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: Salad
      I - P: Main Dish
      Q - Z: Dessert