2015 Events Calendar     Unless otherwise indicated, all events take place at Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission, San Rafael.

Thursday February 19 7:30PM - 9:30 PM
Brenda Hillman & Meryl Natchez
Brenda Hillman has published seven collections of poetry, the most recent of which are Loose Sugar (1997), Cascadia (2001), and Pieces of Air in the Epic (2005), all from Wesleyan University Press. She has also edited Emily Dickinson’s poetry for Shambhala Publications, and, with Patricia Dienstfrey, co-edited The Grand Permisson: New Writings on Poetics and Motherhood (2003). Hillman serves on the faculty of Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, California, where she is Olivia C. Filippi Professor of Poetry. She is also involved in anti-war activism with CodePink, a grassroots social justice group founded by women.
Meryl Natchez's most recent book is a bilingual volume of translations from the Russian: Poems From the Stray Dog Café: Akhmatova, Mandelstam and Gumilev. She is co-translator of Tadeusz Borowski: Selected Poems, and contributor to Against Forgetting: Twentieth-Century Poetry of Witness. Her book of poems, Jade Suit, appeared in 2001. Her poems and translations have appeared in various literary magazines and anthologies, including The Pinch Literary Review, Atlanta Review, Lyric, and many others. Ms. Natchez has had a career as a technical writer. She founded and managed a technical writing business, TechProse, now owned and managed by the employees. She was co-founder of the non-profit, Opportunity Junction, now in it’s 12th year, and raised four children. She blogs at www.dactlys-and-drakes.com.
Thursday March 19 7:30PM - 9:30 PM
Dan Bellm & Robert Sward
Dan Bellm is a poet and translator living in Berkeley, California. The most recent of his three books of poetry, Practice, won a 2009 California Book Award, and he has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the California Arts Council. He translates poetry and fiction from Spanish and French, and teaches literary translation in the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Antioch University Los Angeles.
Robert Sward has taught at Cornell University, the Iowa Writers' Workshop and UC Santa Cruz. A Guggenheim Fellow, he was chosen by Lucile Clifton to receive a Villa Montalvo Literary Arts Award. His more than 20 books include: Four Incarnations, Rosicrucian in the Basement, The Collected Poems, and God is in the Cracks, now in its second printing. His latest book is New & Selected Poems, 1957-2011.

Born and raised in Chicago, Sward served in the U.S. Navy in the combat zone during the Korean War and later worked for CBC Radio and as book reviewer and feature writer for The Toronto Star and Globe & Mail while living in Canada. Sward now lives in Santa Cruz with his wife, visual artist Gloria K. Alford.
Thursday April 16 7:30PM - 9:30 PM
Chana Bloch & Maria Hummel
Chana Bloch is the author of award-winning books of poetry, translation and scholarship. Her latest book is Swimming in the Rain: New & Selected Poems, 1980-2015. She has published four earlier collections of poetry, The Secrets of the Tribe, The Past Keeps Changing, Mrs. Dumpty, and Blood Honey. She is co-translator of the biblical Song of Songs, The Selected Poetry of Yehuda Amichai and his Open Closed Open, and Hovering at a Low Altitude: The Collected Poetry of Dahlia Ravikovitch. Her poetry has appeared in Atlantic Monthly, The Nation, The New Republic, The New Yorker, the Iowa Review, the Kenyon Review, Poet Lore, Poetry, Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, Southern Review, and many other literary journals, and has been widely anthologized. Honors include the Poetry Society of America's Di Castagnola Award; the Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry; the PEN Award for Poetry in Translation; the Meringoff Poetry Award; two fellowships from the NEA; two Pushcart Prizes; and the Discovery Award of the 92nd Street Y Poetry Center. From 2007-2012, she served as the first Poetry Editor of Persimmon Tree, an online journal of the arts by women over sixty. Bloch is Professor Emerita of English at Mills College, where she taught for over thirty years and directed the Creative Writing Program.
Maria Hummel's poetry collection House and Fire won the 2013 APR/Honickman Prize. She is also the author of the novel Motherland, which earned starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and Kirkus, and is one of BookPage’s top 20 books of 2014. Her poetry, fiction, and nonfiction have appeared in the Pushcart Prizes, Narrative, The Sun, and New England Review. She is a former Wallace Stegner Fellow and teaches creative writing at Stanford University.
Thursday May 21 7:30PM - 9:30 PM
Richard Newman & Lee Rossi
Richard Newman is the author of the poetry collections All the Wasted Beauty of the World (Able Muse Press, 2014), Domestic Fugues (Steel Toe Books, 2009), and Borrowed Towns (Word Press, 2005). His poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, Boulevard, Crab Orchard Review, New Letters, The Sun, and many other periodicals and anthologies, and have been featured many times on Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac, Ted Kooser’s American Life in Poetry, Poetry Daily, and Verse Daily. He lives in St. Louis where he serves as editor of River Styx, co-directs the River Styx at the Tavern reading series, and plays in the junkfolk band The CharFlies.
Lee Rossi's most recent book is Ghost Diary (Terrapin Press, 2003). His poetry, reviews, and interviews have appeared widely in such journals as The Sun, Poetry East, Chelsea, Green Mountains Review, The Spoon River Poetry Review, and The Beloit Poetry Journal. He is a staff reviewer and interviewer for the online magazine Pedestal.