Welcome to Marin Poetry Center’s Events! 

Please note that due to precautions related to COVID-19, all in-person Marin Poetry Center events are postponed until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience and wish you good health and creativity.

Most events at held at the Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley, CA. Occasionally, events may be held in alternate locations, as noted in the event details. Marin Poetry Center events are free and open to the public, unless noted otherwise. All events at the library are cosponsored by Mill Valley Library.

To view our ongoing list of reading recommendations given by our guest poets, just click reading recommendations.


Thursday, April 29 | 5:00 PM PST
Literary Partners: 
Aimee Nezhukumatathil & Dustin Parsons

This reading series, started during the pandemic and originally featuring poets and writers sheltering in place together, invites literary partners—a broad term that includes writers who work together, live together, or a combination of both—to chat, read favorites from their own and each others’ work, and tell us what collaboration offers their creative practice.

Aimee Nezhukumatathil is the author of four poetry collections: Oceanic, Lucky Fish, At The Drive-In Volcano, and Miracle Fruit, and the chapbook Lace & Pyrite, a collaboration of garden poems with the poet Ross Gay. Her most recent book is the award-winning, illustrated collection of nature essays World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, & Other Astonishments.

Dustin Parsons is the author of Exploded View: Essays on Fatherhood, with Diagrams, and he has previously served as the non-fiction editor of The Mid-American Review. Awards for his writing include an Ohio Arts Grant and a New York Fine Arts grant in creative non-fiction, the American Literary Review Prize in fiction, the fiction prize from The Laurel Review and a “notable” in the Best American Essays.

Register here.


Thursday, May 13 | 7:00 PM PST
Rick Barot & Barbara Jane Reyes

This Poetry Reading Series provides a unique opportunity to hear diverse and unusual sets of readers, pairing local Bay Area poets with visiting poets and writers.

Rick Barot‘s fourth book, The Galleons (Milkweed Editions) was included on the NY Public Library’s 2020 Top Ten Poetry Books and longlisted for the National Book Award. He has authored three other poetry books: Sarabande Books: The Darker Fall, Want, and Chord, and the chapbook, During the Pandemic (Albion Books, 2020). His poems and essays have appeared widely. He serves as the director of The Rainier Writing Workshop, the low-residency MFA in Creative Writing at Pacific Lutheran University.

Barbara Jane Reyes’ most recent collection is Letters to a Young Brown Girl, which was released in 2020. She was born in Manila and raised in the Bay Area. Her prior poetry books include: Gravities of Center, Poeta en San Francisco (James Laughlin Award), Diwata (Global Filipino Literary Award for Poetry), To Love as Aswang, and Invocation to Daughters. Her chapbooks include: Easter Sunday, Cherry, and For the City that Nearly Broke Me. She is adjunct professor at USF’s Yuchengco Philippine Studies Program.

Register here.