Events

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 through June. 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.

UPCOMING

Thursday, July 16, 7-8pm PDT

Partners in Confinement: Series Premiere with Robert Hass & Brenda Hillman

About this Event
This series features literary partners who are sheltering in place together. Couples will chat, read favorites from their own and each others’ work, and tell us what this period has been like for them. Registration link available here: https://conta.cc/31Dmi1T
 
Robert Hass, former United States Poet Laureate, has illumined the poetic landscape with his many books of poetry, translation, and essays. His honors include the National Book Award, and the Pulitzer Prize. His most recent book Summer Snow came out in January 2020. His celebrated books of essays include A Little Book on Form: An Exploration Into the Formal Imagination of Poetry and What Light Can Do: Essays on Art, Imagination, and the Natural World, the recipient of the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay. Hass translated many of the works of Czeslaw Milosz, and he edited Selected Poems: 1954-1986 by Tomas TranstromerThe Essential Haiku: Versions of Basho, Buson, and Issa; and Modernist Women Poets: An Anthology (with Paul Ebenkamp). His many honors include the MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, the National Book Critics’ Circle Award (twice), and the Wallace Stevens Award. His poetry is deeply reflective of the California landscape, domestic life, and spiritual awareness. To hear him read or speak is transformative, whether a Haiku from Issa, a mediation from Miłosz, or his own lyric work.
 
Brenda Hillman is the author of 10 full-length collections from Wesleyan University Press, the most recent of which are Practical Water (2009), winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Award, Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire (2013), which received the International Griffin Poetry Prize for 2014 and the Northern California Book Award, and Extra Hidden Life, among the Days (2018). Hillman has also received the William Carlos Williams Prize from Poetry Society of America and the Academy of American Poets Fellowship. She has edited an edition of Emily Dickinson’s poems for Shambhala Press, co-edited two books by Richard O. Moore; with Patricia Dienstfrey, she co-edited The Grand Permission: New Writings on Poetics and Motherhood (Wesleyan, 2003). Hillman has also worked as a co-translator of three books: Poem from Above the Hill by Ashur Etwebi, Instances by Jeogyre Choi and At Your Feet by Ana Cristina Cesar, all from Free Verse Editions/Parlor Press. She currently teaches at St. Mary’s College in Moraga, California where she is the Olivia C. Filippi Professor of Poetry. For several decades, Hillman has worked as an activist for social and environmental justice.

 

Thursday, August 20, 5:30pm PDT

Partners in Confinement: with Cornelius Eady and Sarah Micklem

About this Event
This series features literary partners who are sheltering in place together. Couples will chat, read favorites from their own and each others’ work, and tell us what this period has been like for them. Registration link available here:  http://www.millvalleylibrary.org/events/literary/default.htm
 

Cornelius Eady is the author of eight books of poetry, including Hardheaded Weather: New and Selected Poems (Putnam, April 2008). His second book, Victims of the Latest Dance Craze, won the Lamont Prize from the Academy of American Poets in 1985; in 2001 Brutal Imagination was a finalist for the National Book Award. His work in theater includes the libretto for an opera, “Running Man,” which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama in 1999. His play, “Brutal Imagination,” won Newsday’s Oppenheimer award in 2002. In 1996 Eady co-founded, with writer Toi Derricotte, the Cave Canem summer workshop/retreat for African American poets. More than a decade later, Cave Canem is a thriving national network of black poets, as well as an institution offering regional workshops, readings, a first book prize, and the summer retreat. Eady has been a teacher for more than twenty years, and is now a professor at Notre Dame University.

Sarah Micklem is the author of the best-selling fantasy novel, Firethorn. She began writing after many years as a graphic designer and spent fourteen years working for Time Warner, designing for a children’s magazine in New York City. She wrote Firethorn while working as the art director for the magazine. The second part of the trilogy is titled Wildfire. She is the second daughter of three children, of a schoolteacher father and an activist mother. She received her high school G.E.D and graduated from Princeton University. She lives with her husband, poet and playwright Cornelius Eady, in New York City and Indiana, where she teaches fiction at the University of Notre Dame.

Thursday, September 17, 5:30pm PDT

Partners in Confinement: with Major and Didi Jackson

About this Event
This series features literary partners who are sheltering in place together. Couples will chat, read favorites from their own and each others’ work, and tell us what this period has been like for them. Registration link available here:  http://www.millvalleylibrary.org/events/literary/default.htm
 

Major Jackson is the author of five books of poetry, including The Absurd Man (2020), Roll Deep (2015), Holding Company (2010), Hoops (2006) and Leaving Saturn (2002), which won the Cave Canem Poetry Prize for a first book of poems. His edited volumes include: Best American Poetry 2019, Renga for Obama, and Library of America’s Countee Cullen: Collected Poems. A recipient of fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, Major Jackson has been awarded a Pushcart Prize, a Whiting Writers’ Award, and has been honored by the Pew Fellowship in the Arts and the Witter Bynner Foundation in conjunction with the Library of Congress. He has published poems and essays in American Poetry Review, Callaloo, The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, Paris Review, Ploughshares, Poetry, Tin House, and included in multiple volumes of Best American Poetry. Major Jackson lives in South Burlington, Vermont, where he is the Richard A. Dennis Professor of English and University Distinguished Professor at the University of Vermont. He serves as the Poetry Editor of The Harvard Review.

Didi Jackson is the author of Moon Jar (Red Hen Press, 2020). Her poems have appeared in The New YorkerNew England Review, Ploughshares, and elsewhere. After having lived most of her life in Florida, she currently lives in South Burlington, Vermont teaching creative writing at the University of Vermont.