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, January 21, 2020 at 7:00pm PST

MPC Members New Books Reading

MPC will host a reading to feature members who published books and chapbooks in 2020. Visit our growing MPC member bookshop here.

Register here.

Saturday, January 30 at 1:00-3:30pm PST

Reading as a Generative Practice: a workshop with poet Molly Spencer

The first workshop of MPC’s Craft Seminar Series will explore how the simple act of reading a poem can open doors into your own new work.

“Love reading first,” says Rita Dove, “& the poetry will find its place. Then write, & love the work of writing.”

What if the simple act of reading a poem could open doors into your own new work? What if another poet’s words could beckon your own words to the page? Join poet Molly Spencer for this workshop that explores the importance of reading for your writing practice, and the ways close reading of a poem can lead you to your own material. We’ll read poems by contemporary poets, discuss specific methods for finding entry points to our own poems through the work of others, and use one (or more) of the strategies to write something new. Please bring a poem or two (or a book or two of poems) that you feel your poems are in kinship with, or that make you feel inspired to write.

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.

Register here.