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

Thursday February 16 7:30PM - 9:30 PM
Gerald Fleming & Lynne Knight
Gerald Fleming’s new book, One, was recently released by Hanging Loose Press in New York. His other books are The Choreographer, longer prose poems (Sixteen Rivers Press, San Francisco), Night of Pure Breathing, prose poems (Hanging Loose), and Swimmer Climbing onto Shore (Sixteen Rivers). He’s also written three books for teachers, including Rain, Steam, and Speed (Jossey-Bass/Wiley). His work has appeared in many magazines over the decades, including New Letters, Western Humanities Review, Carolina Quarterly, New World Writing, Hanging Loose, and many others. Between 1995 and 2000 he edited and published the literary magazine Barnabe Mountain Review, and currently edits the limited-edition vitreous magazine One (More) Glass. Fleming taught in the San Francisco Public Schools for thirty-seven years, and lives most of the year in Northern California, part of the year in Paris.
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. Her awards and honors include publication in Best American Poetry, the Prix de l’Alliance Française 2006, a PSA Lucille Medwick Memorial Award, the 2009 RATTLE Prize, and an NEA grant. I Know (Je sais), her translation with the author Ito Naga of his Je sais, appeared in 2013.
Thursday March 16 7:30PM - 9:30 PM
John Murillo & Javier Zamora
John Murillo is the author of the poetry collection, Up Jump the Boogie, finalist for both the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the Pen Open Book Award. His honors include a Pushcart Prize and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Cave Canem Foundation, and the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. He teaches at Hampshire College and New York University.
Javier Jose Zamora was born in El Salvador and migrated to the US when he was nine. He is a 2016-2018 Wallace Stegner Fellow and holds fellowships from CantoMundo, Colgate University, MacDowell, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Yaddo. The recipient of the 2016 Barnes and Noble Writer for Writer’s Award, his poems appear or are forthcoming in APR, Ploughshares, Poetry, The Kenyon Review, The New Republic, and elsewhere. His first poetry collection is forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press Fall 2017.
Wednesday April 5 7:30PM - 9:30 PM
Celebration of the Life of Anne Bacon Soulé
You are invited to come help celebrate the life of Anne Bacon Soule, co-sponsored by Marin Poetry Center and Meridien Press Works. Guests are invited to share memories of Anne.
Anne Bacon Soulé, Bay Area native and longtime MPC member, died peacefully, Jan 20, 2017, in Greenbrae. She was the daughter of Henry Soulé, professor of Greek at UCSF, and Edith Benjamin, classical pianist. Anne was born 1927 in San Francisco, where as a child she watched the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge from her classroom window.

Anne later attended Branson in Marin and UC Berkeley, where her studies included literature, music, botany, languages, and theatre. Drawing on her parents' classical orientations and her contemporary sharp wit, Anne became known for her unique blend of esoteric and ribald musical satire, entertaining audiences at Bay Area nightclubs, including the legendary Hungry I.

A lifelong lover of poetry, Anne wrote her first verse when she was eight years old. She produced two books, and continued composing and reading aloud until her death. She was beloved by friends young and old for her inimitable charm and quirkiness.

Here are links to videos of Anne reading her poems:
Anne Bacon Soulé reading Century Plant
Anne Bacon Soulé reading Theft
Thursday April 20 7:30PM - 9:30 PM
April Ossmann & Connie Post
April Ossmann is the author of Event Boundaries (Four Way Books, forthcoming 2017), and Anxious Music (Four Way Books) and has published her poetry widely in journals including Colorado Review and Harvard Review, and in anthologies. Her poetry awards include a 2013 Vermont Arts Council Creation Grant and a Prairie Schooner Readers’ Choice Award. Former executive director of Alice James Books, she owns a poetry consulting business (www.aprilossmann.com), offering manuscript editing, publishing advice, tutorials, and workshops. She is a faculty editor for the low-residency MFA in Creative Writing Program at Sierra Nevada College. She lives in West Windsor, Vermont.
Connie Post is the Poet Laureate Emerita of Livermore (2005 to 2009). Her work has appeared in Calyx, Spoon River Poetry Review, Crab Creek Review, Slipstream, The Big Muddy, and Valparaiso Poetry Review. Her awards include the Caesura Poetry Award, 2nd prize in the Jack Kerouac Poetry Prize, and 1st place in the 2016 Crab Creek Review Poetry Prize. Her chapbook And when the When the Sun Drops won the 2012 Aurorean Editor’s choice Award. Her first full-length book, Floodwater, was released by Glass Lyre Press in 2014 and won the Lyrebird Award. She is a two-time nominee for the California Poet Laureate.
Thursday May 18 7:30PM - 9:30 PM
Poetry & Music: Brian Laidlaw & Ken Waldman
Brian Laidlaw is a troubadour-poet from San Francisco. He studied Creative Writing at Stanford and earned his MFA in Poetry at the University of Minnesota. His poems have been published widely in journals including New American Writing, The Iowa Review, Quarter After Eight, Agni, and many others. Paper Darts Press released his acclaimed hybrid poetry/music project called Amoratorium, a vinyl LP with a companion poetry chapbook as the liner notes. His first full-length book of poems, The Stuntman, was published in 2015 by Milkweed Editions; a follow-up called The Mirrormaker is under contract as well. He tours to festivals, colleges, and arts venues around the country, both solo and with his folk band The Family Trade.
Ken Waldman Ken Waldman has drawn on his 30 years in Alaska to produce poems, stories, and fiddle tunes that combine into a performance uniquely his. Nine CDs mix Appalachian-style string-band music with original poetry. Eight books include six poetry collections, a memoir, and a children's book. Since 1995 he's performed at some of the nation's leading concert series, festivals, universities, and clubs. Of note are two CDs. Some Favorites, contains tracks from Waldman's first seven CDs. The double- CD, All Originals, All Traditionals consists of one CD with a five-piece band playing Waldman's originals, and a second CD of Waldman and friends playing traditional tunes to Alaska-set poetry, and includes a ten-minute treatment of Waldman's 1996 plane crash near Nome.