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, March 11 | 6:30pm PST

Why to These Rocks: 50 Years of Poems from the Community of Writers

The Mill Valley Public Library & The Marin Poetry Center invite you to a virtual book launch for Heyday Books’ release of Why to These Rocks: 50 Years of Poetry from the Community of Writers.

The evening will celebrate fifty years of poetry written in and inspired by the High Sierra workshop. Pulitzer Prize winners Forrest Gander, Robert Hass, Sharon Olds, and Greg Pardlo will join Brenda Hillman & other notables to read a poem from this unique collection. The evening of poetry and celebration, including a musical introduction by Cornelius Eady, is sure to inspire!

For more information about the anthology and how to order a copy, visit MPC’s Bookshop.


Register here.


Sunday, March 14 & Sunday, March 28
10:00am-12:30pm PST

Inspired Notebooking: a workshop with poet Molly Spencer

The second workshop of MPC’s Craft Seminar Series will experiment with experiment with techniques for transforming your notebook into a generative poetic space.

In this two-session class, we’ll experiment with techniques for using our poet’s notebooks as more than a place for writing poems, in order to transform them into generative spaces that focus our attention and lead us to our material. In the first session, we’ll examine approaches to notebooking from well-known writers and artists and experiment with some notebooking strategies aimed at capturing the artifacts of thinking and imagination. At the close of session one, you’ll go home with a list of notebooking prompts to try out over the next two weeks.

In session two, we’ll reflect on strategies that worked (and didn’t work) for each of us, and work from prompts that bring the raw materials gathered in our notebooks into drafts. The ultimate goal is to show you methods for making your notebook an extension of your consciousness where material gathers and “composts” until it coalesces into poetry.

Molly Spencer is a poet, critic, and editor. Her debut collection, If the House (2019), won the Brittingham Prize judged by Carl Phillips. A second collection, Hinge (2020) won the Crab Orchard Open Competition judged by Allison Joseph. Molly’s recent poetry has appeared in Blackbird, FIELD, New England Review, Ploughshares, and Prairie Schooner. Her critical writing has appeared at Colorado Review, The Georgia Review, Kenyon Review, The Writer’s Chronicle, and The Rumpus, where she is a senior poetry editor. She teaches writing at the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.

*Scholarships and reducded-price MPC memberships available. Please contact for details.

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Thursday, March 18 | 5:00 PM PST
Crystal Williams & Yona Harvey 

This Poetry Reading Series provides a unique opportunity to hear diverse and unusual sets of readers, in this case pairing long-time friends who rarely have the opportunity to appear together.

Yona Harvey has published two collection of poetry: Hemming the Water, for which she received the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, and You Don’t Have to Go to Mars for Love (2020). Harvey’s work has appeared in Letters to the Future: Black WOMEN / Radical WRITING, A Poet’s Craft: A Comprehensive Guide to Making and Sharing Your Poetry and The Force of What’s Possible: Accessibility and the Avant-Garde. She contributed to Marvel’s World of Wakanda with Ta-Nehisi Coates and Roxane Gay.

Crystal Williams’ fourth book of poetry, Detroit as Barn was a finalist for the National Poetry Series, Cleveland State Open Book Prize, and the Maine Book Award. Troubled Tongues was awarded the 2009 Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Prize and was a finalist for the 2009 Oregon Book Award, the Idaho Poetry Prize, and the Crab Orchard Poetry Prize. Her work has appeared in American Poetry Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, PEN: America, The Indiana Review, The Sun, Tin House, Ms. Magazine, Ploughshares, and Callaloo.

Register here.


Thursday, April 15 | 7:00 PM PST
Rick Barot & Barbara Jane Reyes

Rick Barot was born in the Philippines in 1969 and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. He studied at Wesleyan University and The Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa. Barot is the author of four books of poetry: The Galleons (Milkweed Editions, 2020), finalist for the National Book Award; Chord (Sarabande Books, 2015), winner of the 2016 UNT Rilke Prize, the PEN Open Book Award, and the Publishing Triangle’s Thom Gunn Award; Want (Sarabande Books, 2008), winner of the 2009 Grub Street Book Prize; and The Darker Fall (Sarabande Books, 2002), winner of the Kathryn A. Morton Prize.

Barbara Jane Reyes is the author of  Letters to a Young Brown Girl  (BOA Editions, Ltd., 2020). She was born in 1971 in Manila, Philippines, and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She received her undergraduate education at the University of California Berkeley and her MFA in creative writing (poetry) at San Francisco State University. Reyes’s poetry collections include Invocation to Daughters (City Lights Books, 2017), a finalist for the California Book Award, and Diwata (BOA Editions, 2010). Her first book, Gravities of Center, was published by Arkipelago Books in 2003, and her second book, Poeta en San francisco (Tinfish Press, 2005) received the 2005 James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets.

Registration available soon.