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

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 6:00PM - 7:30 PM
Poet Laureate Celebration
Please join MPC in welcoming Marin's new Poet Laureate, Prartho Sereno, and showing appreciation for our outgoing Poet Laureate, Joe Zaccardi, before the Third Thursday event on May 21. Doors will open at Falkirk at 6:00 p.m. for a champagne and cake reception and brief remarks by both poets.
Joseph Zaccardi, born in Newark, New Jersey, came to poetry late - at the age of thirteen. His publications include Vents (Pancake Press 2005), Render (Poetic Matrix Press 2009), and The Nine Gradations of Light (Bark for Me Publications 2013). In 2003 he received an Individual Artist Grant from the Marin Arts Council, and in 2010 thru 2012 was editor of the Marin Poetry Center Anthology. He was appointed poet Laureate of Marin County, CA in 2013 for a two-year term. Since 1987 he has lived in Fairfax, tossing seeds from an imaginary apple tree.
Prartho Sereno is the author of three poetry collections and has taught poetry to both children and adults. A graduate of Bowling Green University and Syracuse University, Sereno has worked as a counseling psychologist, college mediation instructor, illustrator, cook, farmer and songwriter.
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.